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The Midrashic Process : Tradition and Interpretation in Rabbinic Judaism - Irving Jacobs

The Midrashic Process

Tradition and Interpretation in Rabbinic Judaism

Hardcover Published: 24th February 1995
ISBN: 9780521461740
Number Of Pages: 234

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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 current 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?

"In sum, when read for its learning and provocative thesis, Jacob's book opens and reopens topics of research in several areas of midrashic studies." Michael Fishbane, The Journal of Religion

Preface
Abbreviations
What is Midrash?p. 1
Traditional motifs in early rabbinic exegesis in Job and the Generation of the Floodp. 21
Traditional motifs in early rabbinic exegesis in Job and Israel's early history as a nationp. 43
Popular legends and traditions in the archetypal sagep. 79
Popular legends and traditions in the archetypal priest-kingp. 95
Popular legends and traditions in the regenerating treep. 133
The midrashic background for James 2:21-23p. 145
Elements of Near-Eastern mythology in rabbinic Aggadahp. 154
Conclusionsp. 168
Appendix 1. Job and the Generation of the Floodp. 173
Appendix 2. Job in Israel's early history as a nationp. 179
Appendix 3. The archetypal sagep. 187
Appendix 4. The archetypal priest-kingp. 190
Select bibliographyp. 193
Index of sourcesp. 199
Index of namesp. 214
Index of subjectsp. 217
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ISBN: 9780521461740
ISBN-10: 052146174X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 24th February 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45