Interview 9 - Paul Stephan, Lecturer at the University of Leipzig - Vayeshev

The Schrift - Ancient Jewish Wisdom for Modern Times by Steven Toby Weinberg

Episode notes

How heartwarming a symbol is the “circle of life” really? Paul Stephan, Nietzsche expert and lecturer at the University of Leipzig, explains how Nietzsche’s theory of Eternal Return does not exactly mean that we should “live life to the fullest.” When I first heard this theory as a teenager, I made things far too easy on myself. And as I discussed way back in Episode 9, Season 1 of The Schrift, we need a more heroic answer for why Jacob and Joseph celebrated Passover four hundred years before the Exodus.