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      ‘But Yehoshuah knew the numbers’: Reading Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers as Biblical Adaptation

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          This article considers Joshua Cohen’s 2015 Book of Numbers as an adaptation of the biblical Numbers. Drawing on personal interviews and Cohen’s novel, I trace how Cohen uses the structures and themes of the biblical Numbers to write about the contemporary technological world. By recasting the biblical source into a technological form, Cohen suggests that the digital world offers a kind of freedom, a Promised Land; yet, the freedom of the internet and new technologies is ultimately enslaving, resulting in an alienation of the self. Still, the 2015 Book of Numbers has a hopeful outlook, anticipating the survival of the ‘younger generation’.

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                2056-6700
                Open Library of Humanities
                Open Library of Humanities
                2056-6700
                13 September 2017
                : 3
                : 2
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                Baylor University, Texas, US
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                10.16995/olh.139
                Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                New voices in jewish-american literature

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