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Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories

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Imagine traditional Jewish texts or the three thousand-year history of the Jewish people superimposed with stories from contemporary life. Ramer takes classic texts like the story of Ruth and Naomi, David and Jonathan, and improvises, elaborates, or … see full wiki

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Tradition and Homoeroticism

  • Aug 2, 2010
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Ramer, Andrew. "Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories", White Crane, 2010.

Tradition and Homoeroticism

Amos Lassen

The beauty of traditional religious literature is that it is open to interpretation and we are constantly finding new meanings to what was written centuries ago. Andrew Ramer looks at alternative versions of the texts and his inspiration comes from a large tradition of commentators. He looks at the texts and incorporates the works of Jewish feminists and rabbis of yore to give us some beautiful stories that show that there have always been LGBT people in the history of the Jews.
I have always been taught (and having been raised as an Orthodox Jew) that is stories that make up our world and we learn from them. Stories can take us away from the reality of the present and they can help us in our struggle to create a present. It seems that there has been a resurgence in looking at Jewish tradition so in terms of LGBT studies. We have had two new prayer books published that are inclusive to our community but not exclusive to the rest of the world. Likewise there is the publication of "Torah Queeries" which interprets the Five Books of Moses for our community. Now we have Ramer's wonderful book as a kind of tying together of all that is both new and old.
I have been looking forward to this book since I first heard it was coming and it is all that I had hoped it would be--and then some. What td gives us is the beauty of his written word and the wisdom of his mind. I will always feel indebted to him for that.

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