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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Yusuf Come Home

Yusuf Come Home

Parashat Miketz (Genesis 41:1–44:17)

(p.60) Ten Yusuf Come Home
Torah Queeries

Dawn Rose

NYU Press

This chapter recounts the parallel story of Joseph in the Koran, claiming that Zulaikha's longing for Joseph is a picture of a male's soul yearning for the male God—like a women desiring a man. Judaism, Christianity and Islam teach that man should have desire for God and “cleave” to him in mystical and ecstatic union. In relation to this, the chapter asks why imagery of female passion has been so widely incorporated in theologies of patriarchal religions. The presence and prominence of female passion imagery in those religions suggests that other people want to appear “masculine” or “feminine” while desiring—in other arenas of their lives—to become the opposite of their gender.

Keywords:   female passion, Zulaikha, God, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, theologies

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