Rebecca: The First Dialogic Philosopher

Stephen J. Stern

Abstract


The following essay is a creative, midrashic excavation of the genesis of Isaac and Rebecca’s world. The tools used in excavating the narrative are limited to the works and insights of three dialogic philosophers, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas - complimented with a few citations from Abraham Joshua Heschel and Avivah Zornberg. In fact, the following is the author’s reading of these thinkers into the narrative. In using their thought midrashically, the author takes liberties with their insights and use them out of the context in which they wrote. In doing so, the author’s voice could be easily confused with their voices.

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