Between Jesus and Kafka: the parables of Seder Eliyahu | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 70, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268


Kafka’s stories contain an element that is essential to understanding Jewish parables: they seem to lead to a dead-end street, by bringing forward an anomaly. Sometimes vital information is missing or the task turns out to be impossible or testifying of a cruel intent. In the Midrash collection of we find similar anomalies and bizarre and cruel traits. Although the parables in the gospels are more sober than those in , they too share the same traits. Attempts to explain these anomalies away by pointing to a supposed practice in society or to propose a harmonizing reading fail to acknowledge the crucial function of the anomaly.


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