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Letter from an Unknown Woman: Joseph’s Dream


Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Joseph dreams provocative dreams; his brothers’ hatred grows because of them; Jacob apparently dismisses them. But according to Freud, all dreams contain a “navel,” a spot that defies understanding, that “reaches into the unknown.” In the midrash, that unfathomable element in the lives of Jacob and Joseph is represented by Rachel, the unknown woman in their narrative. Literature, film and psychoanalytic thought will enrich our study.

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, an internationally renowned Bible interpreter and teacher, draws extensively on classical commentaries, midrash and modern insights from literature and philosophy. Her widely studied books have become classics among readers of all religions.


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