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Has God a Father, a Son, or a Brother?

Peter Schäfer

in The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691153902
eISBN:
9781400842285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691153902.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter returns to the realm of Palestinian Judaism and analyzes midrashim referring to God's family background. These midrashim again reflect the power structure of the Roman Empire with the ... More


Halakhic Midrashim as Historical Sources

GÜNTER STEMBERGER

in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264744
eISBN:
9780191734663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0009
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter evaluates the usefulness and reliability of the halakhic midrashim as a historical resource. It explains that the halakhic midrashim as commentaries on the biblical books of Exodus ... More


Slave Parables

Catherine Hezser

in Jewish Slavery in Antiquity

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199280865
eISBN:
9780191712852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280865.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

Slave parables are an important means of employing slave imagery for theological purposes. The large majority of these parables are transmitted in amoraic Midrashim, but some also appear in tannaitic ... More


Primo Levi's Struggle with the Spirit of Kafka

Massimo Giuliani

in Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823233588
eISBN:
9780823241811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Primo Levi's science-fiction stories are a kind of modern midrashim. In the Jewish tradition, this term refers to an exercise of pedagogical hermeneutics that creates imaginary stories and dialogues ... More


Concepts of Scripture in the Schools of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael

Azzan Yadin-Israel

in Jewish Concepts of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740620
eISBN:
9780814724798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740620.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses an assumption that the early rabbis were unproblematically committed to the authority of Scripture. On one hand, The Rabbi Ishmael midrashim marginalized extrascriptural ... More


Rabbinic Thought

Menachem Kellner

in Must a Jew Believe Anything?

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774495
eISBN:
9781800340398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774495.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter looks at how later generations of Jews have looked back into the talmudic texts and found therein various ideas for which rabbinic authority is then claimed. This often leads to reading ... More


The Mourners for Zion and the Suffering Messiah: Pesikta rabati 34—Structure, Theology, and Context

Philip Alexander

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter talks about the Pesikta rabati 34 on the eschatological vindication of the Mourners for Zion. It analyzes the Pesikta rabati as one of the most remarkable homilies in one of the most ... More


Midrashic Texts and Methods in Tosafist Torah Commentaries

Ephraim Kanarfogel

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter evaluates midrashic texts and methods in Tosafist Torah commentaries. The relationship between biblical and talmudic studies in medieval Ashkenaz is rather complex, and a number of ... More


Zoharic Literature and Midrashic Temporality

Elliot Wolfson

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter assesses how the conception of time that informed the midrashic mindset reaches a crescendo in the homilies that were eventually included in what may be called the zoharic literature. In ... More


The Ingathering of Midrash Rabbah: A Moment of Creativity and Innovation

Benjamin Williams

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter addresses the Midrash Rabbah. When Midrash Rabbah was first printed in the sixteenth century, ten midrashim of diverse chronological and geographical provenance were gathered together ... More


Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his Attitude to the Aggadah

Jacob Elbaum

in Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113713
eISBN:
9781800340169
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter studies Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his attitude to the aggadah. The literary works of Rabbi Judah Loew, known as Maharal of Prague, include books which are defined as ‘expositions of ... More


Rereading herem: Destruction of Idolatry in Tannaitic Literature

Ishay Rosen-Zvi

in The Gift of the Land and the Fate of the Canaanites in Jewish Thought

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199959808
eISBN:
9780199366408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959808.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter shows that the biblical imperative to destroy idols is not entirely absent from the Mishnah but can be found between the lines. A careful reading of these clues will help reconstruct a ... More


Are You Not a Man of God?: Hannah, Hysteria, and the Roots of Jewish Prayer

Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz

in Are You Not a Man of God?: Devotion, Betrayal, and Social Criticism in Jewish Tradition

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199337439
eISBN:
9780199362370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337439.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion and Literature

This chapter examines the biblical figure of Hannah, whom the Talmud elevates into a central paradigm for Jewish prayer. It explains that through a series of provocative midrashim, the Talmud ... More


Ravad of Posquières: A Programmatic Essay

Haym Soloveitchik

in Collected Essays: Volume III

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781904113997
eISBN:
9781800851061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113997.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on Ravad of Posquières, 'the greatest of Maimonidean critics'. Ravad's Hassagot were a sparsely disseminated work. Throughout the medieval period, when Ravad's influence was both ... More


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