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Author Ornstein, Dan, author.

Title Cain v. Abel : a Jewish courtroom drama / Rabbi Dan Ornstein
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press ; Philadelphia : The Jewish Publication Society, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (xxix, 196 pages)
Contents Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Reading Cain and Abel -- The "Crime Report": Genesis 4:1-16 -- 2. Balancing Justice and Mercy -- An Admonition to the Jury -- Justice and Mercy -- 3. Introducing Our Expert Witnesses -- The Talmudic Masters -- The Medieval Bible Scholars -- 4. Competent to Stand Trial? -- Faith, Fate, and Forensics -- A Forensic Moral Health Assessment for the Heavenly and Earthly Courts -- 5. Interrogating the Interrogator -- A Deposition of God -- Commentary on God's Deposition -- 6. Day One of the Trial
Opening Arguments of the Prosecution and Defense -- First Witness of the Day: Cain -- Commentary on Cain's Testimony I: Courtroom Poetry -- Commentary on Cain's Testimony II: Looking at Cain -- Commentary on Cain's Testimony III: What Is in a Name? -- Second Witness of the Day: Rabbi Yonatan ben Uzziel -- Commentary on Rabbi ben Uzziel's Testimony -- Third Witness of the Day: Rashi -- Commentary on Rashi's Testimony -- Fourth Witnesses of the Day: Rabbi Stama, Rabbi Joshua, and Rabbi Judah -- Second Witness Rabbi Yonatan ben Uzziel Returns to the Stand
Commentary on the Testimonies of Rabbis Stama, Joshua, Judah, and ben Uzziel -- Fifth Witness of the Day: Rabbi Tan%uma -- Commentary on Rabbi Tan%uma's Testimony and Cain's Response to God -- Final Witness of the Day: Rabbi Eliezer Finkelman -- Commentary on Rabbi Finkelman's Testimony -- Commentary: Wrapping Up Day One of the Trial -- 7. Day Two of the Trial -- First (and Only) Witness of the Day: Sin -- Commentary on Sin's Testimony -- 8. Day Three of the Trial -- First Witness of the Day: Eve -- Commentary on Eve's Testimony -- Second Witness of the Day: Adam -- Commentary on Adam's Testimony
9. Day Four of the Trial -- A Statement by the Blood of Abel Adamson (Recording) -- 10. Day Four Continues -- The Tables Turned as God Is Put on Trial -- Commentary on God's Testimony I: What Did Cain Really Ask God? -- Commentary on God's Testimony II: Preparing for Cain's Sentence -- Sentencing of Cain -- 11. Beyond Cain -- Commentary on Cain in Exile: Cain Rebuilds -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Discussion and Activity Guide
Summary "Come, take your seat as a juror on the Cain v. Abel trial. The Prosecution and Defense attorneys (angels from Jewish legend) will soon call Cain, Abel, Sin, Adam, Eve, great commentators of Jewish tradition, and God to the witness stand to unpack the emotional, societal, and spiritual influences underlying the world's first murder"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 21, 2020)
Subject Cain (Biblical figure) -- Drama
Abel (Biblical figure) -- Drama
Abel (Biblical figure)
Cain (Biblical figure)
Bible. Genesis, IV -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
RELIGION -- Ethics.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780827618398