Sidra DeKoven-Ezrahi

Sacrificial Space: The Hebrew Imagination “Comes Home”

1 The akeda in the Jewish Tradition

Attached to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem are the four most powerful stories that have driven the Jewish imagination since its inception in the dark mythological past: the creation story, the sacrifice story, the Temple story and the redemption story. In a series of Biblical and post-Biblical redactions and projections, the place where Isaac was brought to be sacrificed came to be identified with the Foundation Stone from which the world was created, and with the Temple of Solomon and its successors – meant to culminate in the building of the “Third Temple” that will usher in the messianic age. Still, it was only in the twentieth ...

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