City of Ruins: Mourning the Destruction of Jerusalem Through by Dereck Daschke

By Dereck Daschke

This psychoanalytic research reads Jewish apocalypses as texts of mourning for the destruction of Jerusalem, arguing that the seers' reviews of irritating loss, then visions of therapeutic and restoration, all paintings to accomplish the apocalyptic therapy for historic J

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44 Creative illness, then, shares its symptoms with organic, pathological mental illnesses, neuroses, and psychoses. But its root etiology does not derive from something wrong in the mind, but from something wrong in the world which the mind is trying to understand and resolve. In creative illness, attempts are made to bridge the gap between what was and what is by positing new ideas about the important aspects of the world and their interrelationship. This process, obviously, is an act of fantasy in the sense that it creates a picture of how things should be, how the individual hopes society will be, and expresses it in symbolic form.

If i forget you, o jerusalem” 21 A number of authors have posited a profound sickness or failure to grasp reality for some of the figures central to the texts treated in this study: August Klostermann, Edwin C. H. 39 Halperin, in fact, boldly mixes compassion, even admiration, with his assessment of Ezekiel’s pathology: It is hard to contemplate this pathology without revulsion, harder still to imagine so hideous a system of delusion dominating one of the great figures of the Bible. . Yet if it is true that the sickness discussed here has tainted the relations of men and women the world over, it is also true that we are at last learning to crave release from it.

Orbis, 1980), 264–84. 50 The confluence of social, historical, and biographical conditions in the invention of psychoanalysis comprises the core of Peter Homans’ argument in The Ability to Mourn: Disillusionment and the Social Origins of Psychoanalysis (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1989). Jacquy Chemouni examines the depths of Freud’s ‘messianism,’ conscious and unconscious, in Freud, la Psychanalyse et le Judaisme: Un Messianisme Sécularisé (Paris: Editions Universitaires, 1991).

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