Vol 3, No 1 (2007) From Plato to Adam: the Biblical Exegesis of Walter Benjamin

FROM PLATO TO ADAM: THE BIBLICAL EXEGESIS OF WALTER BENJAMIN

Roland Boer

ABSTRACT

Walter Benjamin finds the Bible a slippery text. For all his interest over a number of writings, especially ‘The Task of the Translator’, ‘On Language as Such and the Language of Man’ and The Origin of German Tragic Drama, and for all the efforts to develop a theory of history deeply indebted to the Bible, the biblical text trips him up, refusing to provide what he wishes to find. This article traces those difficulties.

KEYWORDS

Walter Benjamin; Genesis; Plato; Adam

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