Onto-graphy? Holy Scriptures in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks

Elad Lapidot

Heidegger’s recently published Black Notebooks famously and sweepingly dismiss both the Jewish and the Christian religions of the Book. In almost 2,000 pages of notes from 1931 to 1948, outlining the intellectual history of the Occident, from Parmenides to Sartre, Heidegger mentions the Bible only once. Being pre-biblical is one of the central virtues that lead him to identify the ancient Greeks as the proper, pure Beginning of the *Seinsgeschichte*. Paradoxically, however, it is precisely the “geschichtliche” nature of the intellectual operation undertaken by Heidegger on the philosophical tradition, which renders his thought profoundly hermeneutic, and philosophy itself – a tradition of Holy Texts. This talk will look at some key moments of this process, in which ontology seems to turn into ontography.