Thus, In his 1916 essay "On Language as Such and on the Language of Man," in an aside on the "use-value" of biblical discourse, Benjamin disclaims any textual appeal to "revealed truth." He points, rather, to "the discovery of what emerges of itself from the biblical text with regard to the nature of language," for which purpose, he says, "the Bible is only initially indispensible." Obviously, even in its subliminal biblicality
, A Serious Man makes no such appeal, neither "presupposing language as an ultimate reality," nor demonstrating any fundamental concern with language as such, what Benjamin calls "the fundamental linguistic facts." If anything, it exalts a distinctly American Jewish vernacular, while beginning, wholly mysteriously, in Yiddish.