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Interpretation, Religion and Culture in Midrash and Beyond


Proceedings of the 2006 and 2007 SBL Midrash Sessions


The third issue of Proceedings of the Midrash session at the SBL Annual meeting published in this series. This volume contains papers on religion in midrash (2006) and modes of biblical interpretation in rabbinic, Syriac and Islamic traditions (2007).
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-619-6
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Judaism in Context 6
Publication Date: Dec 31,2008
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 157
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-619-6
$160.62
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This is the third issue of Proceedings of the Midrash session at the SBL Annual meeting published in this series. This volume contains papers on religion in midrash (the topic of the 2006 session) and modes of biblical interpretation in rabbinic, Syriac and Islamic traditions (2007), as well as some papers in rabbinic culture as derived from the study of rabbinic texts. The volume contains seven papers. Robert Phenix’s study draws on the biblical Joseph story as presented in Syriac stories and their connections with Jewish midrashim and Islamic literature. Steven Sacks discusses texts about the “foundation stone” in rabbinic literature in view of the widespread myth about the cosmic “navel” of the world. Eszter Füzessy studies the literary form of “Dialogues Between Sages And Outsiders” and its polemical use to defend rabbinic ideas. Isaac Gottlieb studies the ways the rabbis dealt with contradictory and ideologically difficult passages in the Book of Ester. John Townsend treats the historical question as to why the School of Shammai was superseded by the School of Hillel after the Fall of Jerusalem. Rivka Ulmer discusses the occurrence of Egyptian (Coptic) words and images and their iconic value in rabbinic texts. According to Willem Smelik, analysis of the early rabbinic reflections on the holy tongue demonstrate that this concept was primarily connected with a limited set of priestly rituals, but the attempts to justify the Hebrew language requirement point to an emerging ideology of the Hebrew language.


Lieve Teugels is Adjuct Editor at Gorgias Press and editor for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She was formerly professor for Jewish Studies at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Rivka Ulmer holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArtur Chair in Judaic Studies at Bucknell University. They are the chairs of the Midrash Session at the SBL Annual Meetings. They have both published widely in the field of Jewish Studies, in particular Midrash.

This is the third issue of Proceedings of the Midrash session at the SBL Annual meeting published in this series. This volume contains papers on religion in midrash (the topic of the 2006 session) and modes of biblical interpretation in rabbinic, Syriac and Islamic traditions (2007), as well as some papers in rabbinic culture as derived from the study of rabbinic texts. The volume contains seven papers. Robert Phenix’s study draws on the biblical Joseph story as presented in Syriac stories and their connections with Jewish midrashim and Islamic literature. Steven Sacks discusses texts about the “foundation stone” in rabbinic literature in view of the widespread myth about the cosmic “navel” of the world. Eszter Füzessy studies the literary form of “Dialogues Between Sages And Outsiders” and its polemical use to defend rabbinic ideas. Isaac Gottlieb studies the ways the rabbis dealt with contradictory and ideologically difficult passages in the Book of Ester. John Townsend treats the historical question as to why the School of Shammai was superseded by the School of Hillel after the Fall of Jerusalem. Rivka Ulmer discusses the occurrence of Egyptian (Coptic) words and images and their iconic value in rabbinic texts. According to Willem Smelik, analysis of the early rabbinic reflections on the holy tongue demonstrate that this concept was primarily connected with a limited set of priestly rituals, but the attempts to justify the Hebrew language requirement point to an emerging ideology of the Hebrew language.


Lieve Teugels is Adjuct Editor at Gorgias Press and editor for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She was formerly professor for Jewish Studies at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Rivka Ulmer holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArtur Chair in Judaic Studies at Bucknell University. They are the chairs of the Midrash Session at the SBL Annual Meetings. They have both published widely in the field of Jewish Studies, in particular Midrash.

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Contributor Biography

Lieve Teugels

Lieve Teugels is Adjuct Editor at Gorgias Press and editor for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She was formerly professor for Jewish Studies at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Rivka Ulmer holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArtur Chair in Judaic Studies at Bucknell University. They are the chairs of the Midrash Session at the SBL Annual Meetings. They have both published widely in the field of Jewish Studies, in particular 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.

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