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Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Volume 6


This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2012-2014 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by leading and emerging scholars that share a common focus on Rabbinic biblical interpretation as it intersects with a range of biblical texts and associated fields of study, including: Jewish legal literature; Hellenistic Judaism; post-biblical interpretation; biblical commentary; liturgical studies; and, cultural studies.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0560-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Judaism in Context 18
Publication Date: Aug 31,2015
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 200
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0560-7
$169.00

This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2012-2014 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by leading and emerging scholars that share a common focus on Rabbinic biblical interpretation as it intersects with a range of biblical texts and associated fields of study, including: Jewish legal literature; Hellenistic Judaism; post-biblical interpretation; biblical commentary; liturgical studies; and, cultural studies. The contributions explore how the study of Midrash illuminates and informs an array of topics, such as: race and slavery in antiquity; myth and theology in biblical tradition; reason and rationalism in the Hebrew Bible; inner-biblical interpretation; and, literary and form analysis.

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

This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2012-2014 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by leading and emerging scholars that share a common focus on Rabbinic biblical interpretation as it intersects with a range of biblical texts and associated fields of study, including: Jewish legal literature; Hellenistic Judaism; post-biblical interpretation; biblical commentary; liturgical studies; and, cultural studies. The contributions explore how the study of Midrash illuminates and informs an array of topics, such as: race and slavery in antiquity; myth and theology in biblical tradition; reason and rationalism in the Hebrew Bible; inner-biblical interpretation; and, literary and form analysis.

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

"This selection of essays advances midrash scholarship in three directions: with regard to the history of interpretation—whether it be the “curse of Ham” in the justification of slavery, the split image of Jacob the patriarch, the term “the holiest of holies,” or the Divine Spirit as the source of rabbinic inspiration and the sequel to prophecy; with regard to the content and composition of such texts as Seder Eliyahu Rabbah and Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer; and with respect to expanding the approach to the reading of midrash—inner-biblical exegesis and form criticism.  "

- Rachel Adelman, H-Judaic, 2016

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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.

Ilaria Ramelli

Ilaria Ramelli, MA; MA; Ph.D.; has been Professor of Roman Near Eastern History, and Assistant in Ancient Philosophy (Catholic University, since 2003); she is also Senior Visiting Professor of Greek Thought, as well as of Church History, Senior Fellow (Durham), academic and scientific consultant, research director, and member of directive boards of scholarly journals and series. She has written many books and articles on Patristics, ancient philosophy, and late antiquity in outstanding scholarly series and journals and received prestigious academic prizes.

Steven Sacks

Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Jacobs

Nehemiah Polen

Lennart Lehmhaus

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Introduction (page 7)
  • 1. Ancient Jewish and Christian Exegeses of the 'Curse of Ham': Divergent Strategies against the Background of Ancient Views on Slavery (Ilaria Ramelli) (page 13)
  • 2. Jacob's Double: A Reduplicative Confabulation of Post-Biblical Literature (Steven Daniel Sacks) (page 65)
  • 3. The Holy of Holies or the Holiest? Rabbi Akiva's Characterization of Song of Songs in Mishnah Yadayim 3:5 (Jonathan Kaplan) (page 75)
  • 4. The Spirit among the Sages: Seder Olam, the End of Prophecy, and Sagely Illumination (Nehemia Polen) (page 95)
  • 5. Blessed be He, Who Remembered the Earlier Deeds and Overlooks the Later - Prayer, Benedictions, and Liturgy in the New Rhetoric Garb of Late Midrashic Traditions (Lennart Lehmhaus) (page 107)
  • 6. The Role of Small Forms in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer (Katharina Keim) (page 153)
  • 7. Inner-Biblical Exegesis in Rashbam's Commentary on Qohelet (Jonathan Jacobs) (page 179)
  • Untitled (page 1)
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