A Theological Commentary to the Midrash: Song of Songs Rabbah

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University Press of America, 2001 - Religion - 304 pages
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This theological commentary to the Rabbinic Midrash explores a simple proposition, in three parts. I. The reading of Scripture by principal parts of the Rabbinic Midrash is formed by compositions and composites that are animated by a cogent theological system. II. These primary components of the Midrash-compilations, further, are in part aimed at systematic demonstrations of theorems of a theological character. III. While forming a principal part of a large theological structure and system, each document is unique. This commentary in its concluding chapter presents what is common to the animating theology of Rabbinic Judaism in all its documentary components and what is unique to Song of Songs Rabbah.
 

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Contents

Symbols in Verbal Form
1
THE CASE OF SONG OF SONGS RABBAH
7
SYMBOLIC DISCOURSE
9
iv LISTMAKING AS THE MEDIUM OF SYMBOLIC DISCOURSE
11
THE SAME THING TWICE
13
vi DISCERNING THE MESSAGES OF LISTENWISSENSCHAFT
19
THEOLOGY ARTICULATED THROUGH SYMBOLIC DISCOURSE
27
Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah One
33
2 God and the Nations Israel and the Nations
233
3 Israels Encounter with God through the Torah
235
4 Divine Justice and Mercy
236
5 Gods Judgment Israels Repentance and Atonement Gods Remorse Israels Consolation
237
6 Consolation and Restoration
238
7 The End of Days
239
8 The Torah Contains the Design for Creation
240
11 The Righteous Receive their Reward Later On
241

Song of Songs Rabbah PARASHAH Two
77
Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Three
115
Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Four
131
Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Five
155
Song of Songs Rabbah PARASHAH Six
173
Song of Songs Rabbah Parashah Seven
191
Song of Songs Kabbah Parashah Eight
203
The Rabbinic Theology Not of but in Song of Songs Rabbah And What Does Song of Songs Rabbah Contribute to the Theology of Rabbinic Judaism?
223
i THE RABBINIC THEOLOGY NOT OF BUT IN SONG OF SONGS RABBAH
225
How THEY COHERE IN AN INDUCTIVE READING
227
a Propositions Shared with Pesiqta deRab Kahana and Genesis Rabbah
229
12 Jacob and Esau represent Israel and Rome
242
2 The Commandments are the Marks of Israels Distinction before God
243
3 God will Bring the End through the Royal messiah at a Time of his Own Choosing and His Hand is Not to be Forced
244
4 SEXUAL RESTRAINT CHARACTERIZES ISRAEL
245
THE PRINCIPAL PARTS VIEWED DEDUCTIVELY
246
iv THE STATEMENT OF SONG OF SONGS RABBAH IN THE CONTEXT OF THE THEOLOGY OF RABBINIC JUDAISM
248
v DOES SONG OF SONGS RABBAH FORM A THEOLOGICAL STATEMENT ON ITS OWN?
253
WHAT DOES SONG OF SONGS RABBAH CONTRIBUTE?
255
Song of Songs Rabbah on Song of Songs 11 Complete Text and Outline
259
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Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard as well. He also is a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England.

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