Not unlike the much more famous ‘Jewish heretic hermeneutics’ studied by Susan Handelman, such as those of Freud, Derrida, Bloom and others, painter and philosopher Norman Raeben has formulated his own new method for artistic creation embedded in rabbinic hermeneutics. We hereby present a comprehensive – although introductory – analysis of his creative as well as teaching methods. We also briefly focus on his influence on the poetics of his former student Bob Dylan, offering some preliminary clues for a better comprehension of the interrelations between the creative processes and theories of both authors.
Norman Raeben. Bob Dylan’s poetry. Jewish hermeneutics.