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From Creation to Redemption: Progressive Approaches to Midrash


Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Volume 7


This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2015-2016 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by both leading and emerging scholars of Midrash whose research shares a common focus on early and medieval rabbinic biblical interpretation. Additionally, the research on Midrash in this volume intersects with a range of related biblical texts, religious themes, and foundational and forward-thinking methodologies and interdisciplinary academic fields of study, including: Gender Studies; Classics; Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Literary Studies; the Aqedah/Binding of Isaac; biblical parables; and, medieval rabbinic biblical commentary.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0736-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Judaism in Context 20
Publication Date: Oct 24,2017
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 177
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0736-6
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This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2015-2016 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by both leading and emerging scholars of Midrash whose research shares a common focus on early and medieval rabbinic biblical interpretation. Additionally, the research on Midrash in this volume intersects with a range of related biblical texts, religious themes, and foundational and forward-thinking methodologies and interdisciplinary academic fields of study, including: Gender Studies; Classics; Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Literary Studies; the Aqedah/Binding of Isaac; biblical parables; and, medieval rabbinic biblical commentary.

This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2015-2016 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by both leading and emerging scholars of Midrash whose research shares a common focus on early and medieval rabbinic biblical interpretation. Additionally, the research on Midrash in this volume intersects with a range of related biblical texts, religious themes, and foundational and forward-thinking methodologies and interdisciplinary academic fields of study, including: Gender Studies; Classics; Jewish Studies; Religious Studies; Literary Studies; the Aqedah/Binding of Isaac; biblical parables; and, medieval rabbinic biblical commentary.

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Contributor Biography

W. David Nelson

W. David Nelson is chair of the Department of Religion and Ethics at Groton School. Rivka Ulmer is Professor of Jewish Studies at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. They serve as chairs of the Midrash Section for the Society of Biblical Literature. Both have published widely in the field of Midrash.

Rivka Ulmer

Rivka Ulmer (Ph.D. in Rabbinics, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main; MA in Jewish Studies, Linguistics, American Studies; training in Egyptology; Certificate in Israel Studies, Brandeis U.) is Professor of Jewish Studies at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania; her research specialty is Midrash. She has published/edited nineteen books, including: Egyptian Cultural Icons in Midrash (de Gruyter, 2009); A Synoptic Edition of Pesiqta Rabbati Based Upon All Extant Hebrew Manuscripts and the Editio Princeps (1997-2002), Re-presenting Texts: Jewish and Black Biblical Interpretation: Proceedings of the 2010 and 2011 SBL Midrash Sections (ed. W. David Nelson and Rivka Ulmer; Gorgias Press, 2013); and numerous scholarly articles. Ulmer held The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies at Bucknell University (2002-2007). She serves as the co-chair of the Midrash Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. Moshe Ulmer is a Rabbi (including a Master in Hebrew Letters) and a former attorney.

Table of Contents (v)
Introduction (1)
Pseudo-Philo and the Pharisees: A Look at the Prehistory of Rabbinic Judaism ZEV FARBER (5)
Weeping at the Aqedah KRISTEN LINDBECK (29)
The Aqedah in the Bavli: An Analysis of Sanhedrin 89b MATTHEW HASS (39)
‘Scripture Interprets Itself’ in Rashbam’s Torah Commentary JONATHAN JACOBS (57)
“At that Time Jerusalem shall be Called the Throne of the Lord” (Jer 3:17): Israel and the Nations in Genesis Rabbah 5, Leviticus Rabbah 10, and Pesiqta de-Rab Kahana 20 JOHANNA ERZBERGER (85)
Midrash and Metalepsis in Genesis Rabbah: A Reappraisal of Rabbinic Atomism NICHOLAS J. SCHASER (107)
Leah: The “Lost Matriarch” in Genesis Rabbah KATIE J. WOOLSTENHULME (133)
The Contradictory Philosophical Lessons of the Parable of the Lame and the Blind Guards in Various Rabbinic Midrashim LIEVE M. TEUGELS (153)

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