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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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Going to and Becoming Ourselves

Going to and Becoming Ourselves

Transformation and Covenants in Parashat Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1–17:27)

(p.24) Three Going to and Becoming Ourselves
Torah Queeries

Caryn Aviv

Karen Erlichman

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Parashat Lech Lecha—a section in Genesis in which people's bodies, names, and relationships change profoundly to signal transformation and covenantal belonging—in relation to the identities of queer people. The text begins with the patriarch Abram's journey from the land of his birth to Egypt, where he risks everything to travel to an unfamiliar place. Similarly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have left their homes for uncertain journeys, to set off in search of new selves and communities. Moreover, in relation to the covenant God made with Abram, child transitions from “daughters” to “sons,” or vice versa marks a new covenantal relationship with one's self.

Keywords:   Parashat Lech Lecha, LGBT, Abram, transformation, covenantal relationship

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