Table of Contents
A Note on Transliteration from Hebrew
Introduction • Who Was (and Is) Abraham?
Chapter One • Call and Commission
Chapter Two • Frustrations and Fulfillments
Chapter Three • The Test
Chapter Four • The Rediscovery of God
Chapter Five • Torah or Gospel?
Chapter Six • One Abraham or Three?
Index of Primary Sources
Index of Modern Authors
The patriarch Jacob was the father of twelve tribes and (eventually) fêted by Pharaoh. But, as Yair Zakovitch shows, the Bible does not portray a happy man.
Berenson’s teacher Charles Eliot Norton dismissively dubbed Berenson's method the “ear and toenail school,” but Berenson employed the technique in his first book to great effect.
In 2006, a blogger known as Baal Habos posted about a former rebbe who had once compared heretical media to “a hole in the head.” By then he had become a “ba’al ha-bos” (roughly, a family man), with a position in the community he wasn’t comfortable giving up, he had acquired plenty of holes in his head and wanted to discuss them—anonymously.
For Avraham Sutzkever, life and work were not even slightly separate, since his was a life not merely shaped by poetry in a metaphorical sense but literally saved by it, when a poem of his produced an airplane.