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C O N T E N T S :
(1) Who is Søren Aabye Kierkegaard?
(2) Who is Johannes de silentio?
(3) What is Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric?
(4) Fear & Trembling Outline / Overview
(5) Fear & Trembling Textual Analysis
(6) Straying Thoughts Concluding K.'s F&T
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Translations & Page Numbers currently from:
Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, tr. Alastair Hannay (New York: Penguin, 1986), isbn: 978-0140444490.
Will be updated soon to include translations and pagination for:
Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling/Repetition: Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol. 6, trs. Howard & Edna Hong (Princeton: Princeton U.P., 1983), isbn: 978-0691020266.
Genesis 22:1-13 (King James Version):
“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son” (Genesis 22:1-13, KJV).
“If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment, a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair? … how empty and devoid of comfort life would be!”
--Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, 49.
Image: Rodin, The Clenched Hand
Knight of Faith
Knight of Infinite Resignation
“I have seen horror face to face, I do not flee it in fear but know very well that, however bravely I face it, my courage is not that of faith and not at all to be compared with it. I cannot close my eyes and hurl myself trustingly into the absurd, for me it is impossible …”
--Johannes, of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, 63.
Image: Egon Schiele, Agony