Odeya Eshel


Department of  Comparative Religion


Subject Narrative and commentary in the Aṭṭhakathā

Supervisor: Dr. Eviatar Shulman and Prof. Charles Hallisey

Bio: I'm a PhD candidate in the department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University. I hold a B.A. in social work and the multidisciplinary program, and a M.A. in Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University. My M.A. thesis focused on the Pāli canon of the Buddhist Theravadin tradition, and the relation between scripture and a religious practice of devotion.

Abstract My research focuses on the Aṭṭhakathā - the traditional commentary on the Pāli canon and the characteristics of its narrative commentary. The literal meaning of Aṭṭhakathā is ‘The story of the meaning’, and as the name implies, some of the meaningful narratives of the tradition are in this text. This research aims to introduce the commentary technique as a creative literary process, that is intertwined in the emotional reaction of the traditional reader. The research emphasizes the oral and dynamic traits of this text, that hold a unique poetic and powerful narratives, that hasn’t yet been appreciated adequately in research.

President Stipend 2021/22