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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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Will Eisner

Will Eisner

Master of Graphic Wisdom

(p.269) Chapter Fifteen Will Eisner
Comics and Sacred Texts

Leonard V. Kaplan

University Press of Mississippi

This essay explores Will Eisner’s work in A Contract with God (1978). The book, emanating from pre-biblical wisdom, is paradigmatic for its harsh warning about human expectations. In it, Eisner created parables and midrash, literary criticism and political commentary, to capture moments that reveal a culture to itself. This emerging paradigm, the essay argues, is a new form of Jewish wisdom.The essay reads Eisner’s work both through the work of Isaiah Berlin, but also as a Midrash on the book of Job. In utilizing Berlin’s political thought, along with the foundation of the biblical tale, one can discern Eisner’s vision of transformative, messianic politics, that lie in the vicissitudes and battles of the everyday.

Keywords:   Will Eisner, Book of Job, Isaiah Berlin, Jewish Wisdom, Philosophy of Everyday

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