A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Sodom

  title={A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Sodom},
  author={E. Segal},
  journal={Journal for The Study of Judaism},
  • E. Segal
  • Published 2015
  • History
  • Journal for The Study of Judaism
  • As an illustration of the phenomena of “filtered absorption” or “controlled incorporation” of Greek and Roman culture into late classical Judaism, this article focuses on the depiction of Abraham’s servant, identified as Eliezer, in a passage in b. Sanh 109b, which consists largely of confrontations—several of them of a decidedly humorous or satirical nature—with the perverse laws, judges, and citizens of biblical Sodom. The manner in which Eliezer’s midrashic personality and role were… CONTINUE READING