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Current Trends in the Study of Midrash (Carol Bakhos (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2006) 9789004138704
Current Trends in the Study of Midrash (Carol Bakhos (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2006) 9789004138704
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Title: Current Trends in the Study of Midrash

Author: Bakhos, Carol (ed)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004138704

Volumes: 1; Pages: vi, 338

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This collection of essays by many of the leading scholars of midrash and rabbinics reflects the various current methodological approaches to the study of rabbinic scriptural interpretation. During the last three decades of the 20th century scholars in the field made significant forays into literary studies, interdisciplinary studies, and to some degree women's studies. This volume thus illustrates these trends, and highlights several fundamental studies, such as the origins of midrash, the making of critical editions, and the relationship of midrash to other forms of Jewish as well as non-Jewish exegesis. Situating midrash within the broader contexts of hermeneutics, rabbinics and postmodern studies, the volume as a whole presents the reader with a comprehensive view of the kinds of questions and issues scholars in the field are engaging.Contents1 The origins of Midrash in the second temple period 2 Resistance to Midrash?: Midrash and Halakhah in the Halakhic Midrashim 3 Rewritten Bible and rabbinic Midrash as commentary 4 Reflections on the practice of textual criticism in the study of Midrash Aggada: the legitimacy, the indispensability and the feasibility of recovering and presenting the (most) original text 5 Midrash, Christian exegesis, and Hellenistic hermeneutics 6 The use of Midrash for social history 7 Method(ological) matters in the study of Midrash 8 Literary approaches to Midrash 9 Rabbi Meir, the illuminated and the illuminating: interpreting experience 10 The handmaid, the trickster and the birth of the Messiah: a critical appraisal of the feminist valorization of Midrash Aggada 11 'She extinguished the light of the world': justifications for women's disabilities in Abol de-Rabbi Nathan B 12 De/re/constructing Midrash
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