Review of "Was Yosef on the Spectrum," by Samuel J. Levine

  • Majia Nedesan Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College Arizona State University

Abstract

Samuel Levine’s Was Yosef on the Spectrum: Understanding Joseph Through Tora, Midrash, and Classical Jewish Sources argues that Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachel from the Book of Genesis, was possibly autistic. Diagnosing people retrospectively as autistic raises complex “hermeneutic” or interpretive questions, including the possibility that our selective readings and attributions of recorded histories reveal more about our current concerns than past realities.

Author Biography

Majia Nedesan, Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College Arizona State University

Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College Arizona State University

Published
2020-02-27
Section
Reviews