The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought

Mara H. Benjamin (Author)
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Description

Mara H. Benjamin contends that the physical and psychological work of caring for children presents theologically fruitful but largely unexplored terrain for feminists. Attending to the constant, concrete, and urgent needs of children, she argues, necessitates engaging with profound questions concerning the responsible use of power in unequal relationships, the transformative influence of love, human fragility and vulnerability, and the embeddedness of self in relationships and obligations. Viewing child-rearing as an embodied practice, Benjamin's theological reflection invites a profound reengagement with Jewish sources from the Talmud to modern Jewish philosophy. Her contemporary feminist stance forges a convergence between Jewish theological anthropology and the demands of parental caregiving.

Product Details

Price
$36.00
Publisher
Indiana University Press
Publish Date
May 24, 2018
Pages
182
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.42 X 9.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780253034328
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About the Author

Mara H. Benjamin is Chair and Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke College. She is author of Rosenzweig's Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity.

Reviews

"In this elegantly written, provocative, scholarly, and accessible work, Mara Benjamin contributes to the growing body of literature using maternal experience as a source for theology and religious ethics."

--Journal of the American Academy of Religion