By Rebecca Raphael
This booklet provides a literary severe approach desirous about illustration within the canonical type of the textual content permits a complete view of ways photos of incapacity function on the subject of significant strategies, and in addition presents a starting place for experiences within the historical past of interpretation. All dialogue of biblical passages and books draw on current ancient reviews as an important precondition for understanding.
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17. Milgrom, Leviticus 17–22 (New York: Doubleday, 2000), 1836–40. 18. , 1826). This strikes me as rather precious; it ignores the primary connotation of the term “blind,” the frequent parallelism of “blind and lame,” and, whether he wants to admit it or not, the common visibility of all items on both human and animal lists. It seems less a stretch to suppose that deafness was not categorized as a blemish, at least not at this time, than to suggest that “blind” means one-eyed here. 19. , 1825. 20.
1 28 Biblical Corpora Lev 19:14 addresses hearing people, not deaf people, but it describes something I have experienced: coming to awareness of being insulted or screamed at in public. On the one hand, I appreciate its humane intent. Some people do approach others’ disability as an opportunity to practice cruelty, and this should be deplored. On the other hand, the text imagines a deaf person who has no way of becoming aware of the insult and responding. 61 Response is, of course, possible, but one must ﬁrst imagine deaf agency.
69). 62. In contemporary English, Deaf with a capital D indicates the Deafworld, that is, those who use a signed language as their mother hands, so to write, and who identify with the culture generated by this linguistic community. A lower-case “d” in deaf indicates someone who does not hear. I am, in the lingo, a late-deafened adult: someone who lost hearing after acquiring a spoken language as a mother tongue. Even this term has its limitations, for it suggests a hearing phase in adulthood, which I did not have.
Biblical Corpora: Representations of Disability in Hebrew Biblical Literature by Rebecca Raphael