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Comics and Sacred TextsReimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives$
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Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496819215

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496819215.001.0001

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God’s Comics

God’s Comics

The Hebrew Alphabet as Graphic Narrative

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(p.25) Chapter Two God’s Comics
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Comics and Sacred Texts
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Susan Handelman

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819215.003.0002

This chapter probes the Jewish visual imagination of the sacred through a discussion of the Hebrew alphabet as “graphic narrative.” Exploring how the relation of text and image becomes deconstructed and redefined in classical rabbinic writings on the Hebrew alphabet and the forms of the letters, this chapter opens a reciprocal dialogue between “comics” and “Torah,” and between theories of graphic narrative and rabbinic interpretation. What might a “theology of graphic narrative” look like? The ultimate source of creative pleasure in all of us—artists and academics, rabbis and readers, parents and children—is that we ourselves, finally, are the letters and the letters are us. We are “God’s comics..

Keywords:   Hebrew alphabet, Midrash, Kabbalah, Bible, Script

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