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Journal of the Bible and its Reception

Managing Editor: Kraemer, David / Marsengill, Katherine

Ed. by Black, Fiona C. / Oekland, Jorunn / MacDonald, Nathan / Ocker, Christopher

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Elie Wiesel and the Biblical Archetypes of the Contemporary Middle East

David Tollerton
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  • Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Contemporary Biblical Cultures, Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
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Published Online: 2017-06-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbr-2017-2005


This article focuses on two newspaper advertisements written by Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, which were published shortly before his death in 2016. These controversial advertisements, appearing in the US and the UK, addressed recent tensions in the Middle East, referencing the books of 2Kings and Esther. The article explores Wiesel’s relationship to contemporary politics, traditions of biblical interpretation, and ideas of sacred temporality. I argue that these advertisements present a vivid case study of the potential difficulties posed by framing contemporary conflicts via biblical archetypes. Specifically, I suggest that they challenge us to develop an awareness of instances in which biblical reception can mythologize suffering by subsuming novel and complex events into premeditated narratives.

Keywords: Wiesel; Israel; Palestine; Temporality; 2 Kings; Esther

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Published Online: 2017-06-23

Published in Print: 2017-04-25

Citation Information: Journal of the Bible and its Reception, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 125–145, ISSN (Online) 2329-4434, ISSN (Print) 2329-440X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbr-2017-2005.

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