Encyclopedia of Midrash: Biblical Interpretation in Formative Judaism

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Jacob Neusner, Alan Jeffery Avery-Peck
Brill, 2005 - Midrash - 1077 pages
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The Encyclopedia of Midrash Biblical Interpretation in Formative Judaism, provides a systematic account of biblical interpretation in Judaism, from well before the second century BCE through the end of the seventh century CE. While emphasizing the Rabbinic literature, it also covers interpretation of Scripture in a number of distinct canons, ranging from the Targumic literature and Dead Sea Scrolls to the New Testament and Church Fathers. The encyclopedia comprises fifty-six essays written by thirty scholars, representing the leading figures in the study of ancient Judaism and biblical interpretation in North America, Europe, and the State of Israel.Alongside a general introduction to Rabbinic Midrash and its traits, including the theoretical questions of definition, origins, theology, hermeneutics, genre-criticism, and language, the encyclopedia addresses specific topics of concern in the study of scriptural interpretation. How Rabbinic midrashic documents that focus on specific books of Scripture read those specific books, the theology expressed by Rabbinic midrashic compilations, and the historical context in which Rabbinic Midrash took shape all are treated. Beyond these central issues in understanding Rabbinic Midrash, the encyclopedia treats interpretations of Scripture that came to closure prior to, or outside of, the framework of Rabbinic Midrash: Hellenistic Jewish Midrash, Josephus, Pseudo-Philo, Jubilees, as well as to the New Testament, Karaite and Samaritan writings, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.The Encyclopedia of Midrash provides readers with a depth and breadth of treatment of Midrash unavailable in any other single source. Through the writings of top scholars in each of their fields, it sets out the current state of the question for each of the many topics discussed in its pages.

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Contents

Church Fathers Rabbinic Midrash and
20
Adam Kamesar
40
Deuteronomy in Sifre to Deuteronomy
54
Jacob Neusner
74
Genesis in Genesis Rabbah
88
Genesis Rabbah Theology of
105
Genres Midrash and
121
Hagiographa Targums to
148
Josephus Midrash in His Version of the Pentateuch
316
Jubilees Midrash in
333
Betsy HalpernAmaru
350
Meira Polliack
374
Lamentations Rabbati Theology of
389
Leviticus in Leviticus Rabbah
411
Leviticus in Sifra
429
Leviticus Rabbah Theology of
447

Halakhic Category Formations Midrash and
173
Jacob Neusner
199
Folker Siegert
220
Developed NonAllegorical Forms Josephus
232
Hermeneutics A Critical Approach
250
Gary G Porton
268
Hermeneutics Theology of
292
Liturgy Midrash in
463
Mekhilta deR Simeon b Yohai
493
Midrash Tannaim
510
New Testament Narrative as Old Testament Midrash
534
Price
574
Ruth in Ruth Rabbah 737
594
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About the author (2005)

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, and a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ. Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies in the Religious Studies Department of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Alongside his many publications on Rabbinic Judaism, he is - with Jacob Neusner - editor of The Encyclopaedia of Judaism.

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