The Midrashic Process: Tradition and Interpretation in Rabbinic Judaism

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Cambridge University Press, 1995/02/23 - 218 ページ
The purpose of this book is to re-examine those basic issues in the study of Midrash which to some extent have been marginalised by trends in scholarship and research. Irving Jacobs asks, for example, whether the early rabbinic exegetes had a concept of peshat, plain meaning, and, if so, what significance they attached to it in their exposition of the biblical text. He enquires if the selection of proemial and proof-texts was a random one, dependent purely upon the art or whim of the preacher, or rather if exegetical traditions linked certain pentateuchal themes with specific sections of the Prophets (and particularly the Hagiographa), which were acknowledged by preachers and audiences alike. As Midrash in its original, pre-literary form, was a living process involving both live preachers and live audiences in the ancient synagogues of the Holy Land, to what extent, he asks, did the latter influence the former in the development of their art and skills?

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Traditional motifs in early rabbinic exegesis
43
the archetypal
79
the archetypal
95
regenerating tree
133
Elements of NearEastern mythology in rabbinic
154
Conclusions
168
The archetypal sage
187
Select bibliography
193
Index of names
214
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