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With Reverence for the Word : Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - Jane Dammen McAuliffe

With Reverence for the Word

Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

By: Jane Dammen McAuliffe (Editor), Barry D. Walfish (Editor), Joseph W. Goering (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2002
ISBN: 9780195137279
Number Of Pages: 506

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This volume represents the first trilateral exploration of medieval scriptural interpretation. Judasim, Christianity, and Islam are often characterized as religio-cultural siblings, traditions whose origins can be traced to the same geographical region and whose systems of belief and institutional structures share much in common. A particularly important point of commonality is the emphasis that each of these traditions places upon the notion of divine revelation, especially as codified in the text. During the medieval period the three exegetical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam produced a vast literature, one of great diversity but also one of numerous cross-cultural similarities. The three sections of this book, each of which begins with an introduction to one of these exegetical traditions, explore this rich heritage of biblical and quar'anic interpretation.

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"This volume would serve as a wonderful course book for undergraduates and graduates, one that illustrates both the signal differences and the surprising parallels within and among the three Abrahamic traditions of scriptual exegisis.--Speculum "Indispensable ... deserves an honored place on the shelves of public and private research libraries everywhere."--Catholic Biblical Quarterly "A rich feast ... the three 'courses' of the book offer significant contributions to our understanding of exegesis in each specific tradition."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion "With Reverence of the Word is both a readable and informative collection of essays important to the study fo medieval scriptural exegesis." --Journal of Near Eastern Studies

Prefacep. v
List of Contributorsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Medieval Jewish Exegesis of the Biblep. 1
An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretationp. 3
Notesp. 10
Jews, Christians, and the Authority to Interpretp. 13
Notesp. 26
Bibliographyp. 29
Comparative Observations on Saadia's Methodp. 33
Notesp. 44
Bibliographyp. 48
Karaite Commentaries on the Song of Songs from Tenth-Century Jerusalemp. 51
Notesp. 60
Bibliographyp. 65
Jewish and Christian Exegesis in the Twelfth Centuryp. 70
Notesp. 79
Bibliographyp. 80
Rashbam as a "literary" Exegetep. 83
Notesp. 88
Bibliographyp. 90
Asceticism and Eroticism in Medieval Jewish Philosophical and Mystical Exegesis of the Song of Songsp. 92
Notesp. 107
Bibliographyp. 113
Isaac Ben Joseph Ha-Kohen on the Book of Ruthp. 119
Notesp. 127
Bibliographyp. 130
Problematizing the Bible in Late Medieval Jewish Exegesisp. 133
Notesp. 146
Bibliographyp. 152
The Accessus Ad Auctores in Hebrew Exegetical Literature from the Thirteenth Through the Fifteenth Centuriesp. 157
Notesp. 168
Bibliographyp. 174
The Case of Proverbs 22: 6p. 180
Notesp. 188
Bibliographyp. 191
Medieval Christian Exegesis of the Biblep. 195
An Introduction to Medieval Christian Biblical Interpretationp. 197
Notesp. 202
Carolingian Exegetes and the Old Testamentp. 204
Notesp. 213
Bibliographyp. 221
The Four "senses" and Four Exegetesp. 225
Notesp. 232
Bibliographyp. 235
Robert Grosseteste on the Four Senses of Scripturep. 237
Notesp. 246
Bibliographyp. 253
A Study in Two Exemplap. 256
Notesp. 269
Bibliographyp. 274
The Theological Character of the Scholastic "division of the Text" with Particular Reference to the Commentaries of Saint Thomas Aquinasp. 276
Appendix: Saint Thomas Aquinas's Division of the Gospel According to Saint Johnp. 281
Notesp. 282
Bibliographyp. 283
Thomas of Ireland and His De Tribus Sensibus Sacrae Scripturaep. 284
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 291
The Status of Allegory in William of Ockham's Breviloquium on Papal Powerp. 292
Notesp. 305
Bibliographyp. 307
Medieval Exegesis of the Qur'ānp. 309
An Introduction to Medieval Interpretation of the Qur'ānp. 311
Notesp. 319
Discussion and Debate in Early Commentaries of the Qur'ānp. 320
Notesp. 326
Bibliographyp. 327
Weaknesses in the Arguments for the Early Dating of Qur'ānic Commentaryp. 329
Notesp. 339
Bibliographyp. 343
The Scriptural "senses" in Medieval Sū;Fi Qur'ān Exegesisp. 346
Notesp. 357
Bibliographyp. 361
Are There Allegories in Sū;Fi Qur'ān Interpretation?p. 366
Notesp. 372
Bibliographyp. 374
Sū;Rat Al-Isrā Between Text and Commentaryp. 376
Notesp. 399
Bibliographyp. 404
Qur'ānic Exegesis and Historyp. 408
Notesp. 418
Bibliographyp. 420
Sura 3: 7 as an Exegetical Challengep. 422
Notesp. 433
Bibliographyp. 434
The Designation of "foreign" Languages in the Exegesis of the Qur'A¯np. 437
Notesp. 443
Bibliographyp. 444
The Genre Boundaries of Qur'ānic Commentaryp. 445
Notesp. 454
Bibliographyp. 457
Subject Indexp. 463
Index to Citations from the Bible, Rabbinic Literature, and the Quranp. 483
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ISBN: 9780195137279
ISBN-10: 0195137272
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 506
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.6  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.88