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Liessin, Abraham

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Yiddish poet, journalist, editor, essayist, memoirist, publitsist (pamphleteer), political agitator, and cultural theorist, Abraham Liessin (A. Liesin, Avrom Lyesin; born Valt; 1872–1938) has been deemed by his colleagues (Leivick) and critics (Niger; Goldsmith 1994–95) Yiddish literature’s “National” poet. This nationalism largely comprised his biblical images, legends, and midrashim (postbiblical invented narratives) which served as career-long touchstones and referents, as presented in his d…

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