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Title: Jethro and the Jews: Jewish Biblical Interpretation and the Question of Identity
Author: Lawrence, Beatrice J W
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2017
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004348912
Volumes: 1; Pages: 188
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In Jethro and the Jews, Beatrice J. W. Lawrence examines rabbinic texts that address the biblical character of Jethro, a Midianite priest, Moses? advisor and father-in-law, and the creator of the system of Jewish jurisprudence. Lawrence explores biblical interpretations in Midrash, Targum and Talmud, revealing a spectrum of responses to the presence of a man who straddles the line between insider and outsider. Ranging from character assassination to valorization of Jethro as a convert, these interpretive strategies reveal him to be a locus of anxiety for the rabbis concerning conversion, community boundaries, intermarriage, and non-Jews.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction and Preliminaries
2 Jethro in the Bible: Texts, Contexts and Conundrums
3 Jethro in Tannaitic Midrashim: Bringing Near with the Right while Repelling with the Left
4 Jethro in Later Midrashim: Clarifications and New Problems
5 Jethro in the Targums: New Language, New Strategies