Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781512602937 Published November 2018
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512600667 Published November 2018
E-book $28.99 ISBN: 9781512602944 Published November 2018

The Soul of the Stranger

Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective

Joy Ladin

The Soul of the Stranger

Joy Ladin

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

208 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781512602937 Published November 2018
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512600667 Published November 2018
E-book $28.99 ISBN: 9781512602944 Published November 2018
Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another. Drawing on her own experience and lifelong reading practice, Ladin shows how the Torah, a collection of ancient texts that assume human beings are either male or female, speaks both to practical transgender concerns, such as marginalization, and to the challenges of living without a body or social role that renders one intelligible to others—challenges that can help us understand a God who defies all human categories. These creative, evocative readings transform our understanding of the Torah’s portrayals of God, humanity, and relationships between them.
Contents
Acknowledgments • Introduction: Shipwrecked with God • The Genesis of Gender • Trans Experience in the Torah • Close Encounters with an Incomprehensible God • Reading Between the Binaries • Knowing the Soul of the Stranger • Notes • Index
Review Quotes
Publishers Weekley, starred review
“This heartfelt, difficult work will introduce Jews and other readers of the Torah to fresh, sensitive approaches with room for broader human dignity.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"Taken together, these chapters provide groundbreaking and vitally important readings of the Torah that have transformative potential for transgender and queer people as well as all others."
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center and author of Godwrestling—Round 2
“For me, the best Torah and the better life come from a wrestle and a dance between a superbly sensitive human being in the right-now, and the ancient text. Ladin has done this in her transparent exploration of how her own Trans life, through joy and pain, has brought her new insights into Torah and into life that open  both of them more fully. I found myself dancing in mind and heart and spirit as I read. Hallelu-Yah!”
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