The Redaction of Desire: Structure and Editing of Rabbinic Teachings Concerning Yeser ("Inclination")

Scofer, Jonathan
April 2003
Journal of Jewish Thought & Philosophy (Routledge);Apr2003, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
This article focuses on Rabbinic teachings concerning Yeser. The Rabbinic sages were primarily concerned with matters such as the development of the law or balakbab, the nature of Torah or tradition, God's involvement in the world and status of Israel or Jews. There were some rabbis who reflected in subtle ways about the shaping of desire and emotions. The term yeser is a fundamental category through which rabbis expressed their conceptions of desire, emotions and particularly impulses to transgress on small passages of material such as a single teaching of a sage.


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