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Midrash and Context


Proceedings of the 2004 and 2005 SBL Consultation on Midrash


A collection of seven groundbreaking essays on Rabbinic midrash and related texts by a new generation of erudite scholars combining the themes of the 2004 and 2005 SBL midrash sessions: “Jewish and Christian Hermeneutics” and “Midrash and Cultural Studies,” this book is a must have for clergy, students, scholars, and laypersons interested in deepening their understanding of Rabbinic and Patristic biblical interpretation.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-582-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Judaism in Context 5
Publication Date: Jul 17,2007
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 188
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-582-3
$166.66
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Co-editors, Rivka Ulmer and Lieve Teugels, leading experts on midrash, here present seven groundbreaking essays on Rabbinic midrash by a new generation of erudite scholars of Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. The contributions reflect a deep understanding of the languages and literatures of the Middle East in Late Antiquity, a thorough grounding in the history of research, a judicious application of textual criticism of rabbinic texts, an empathetic encounter with the abiding values conveyed by these texts, and three distinct forms of interdisciplinary scholarship. Five of the seven essays compare, contrast and mediate between Rabbinic and Patristic exegesis and elucidate elements of culture shared by these ancient interpreters of Scripture. Another of the essays is a brilliant application of Orality Studies and semiotics to the study of the origin, the forms, and the content of aggadic midrash, and especially the ubiquitous and seldom analyzed “prooftext”. The volume concludes with an exposition, with pictorial illustrations, of the Rabbinic Sages' familiarity with and utilization of the Egyptian Osiris Myth in their homilies and Scriptural exegesis. With hermeneutics, polemics, and even magic, this book is a veritable must for clergy, students, scholars, and laypersons interested in deepening their understanding of Rabbinic and Patristic biblical interpretation.


Lieve Teugels is Adjunct Editor at Gorgias Press and specialist in midrash. She has published two books and many articles on midrash and Jewish Studies. Rivka Ulmer holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Judaic Studies at Bucknell University. She has published multiple books and studies in the field of midrash and Jewish Studies.

Co-editors, Rivka Ulmer and Lieve Teugels, leading experts on midrash, here present seven groundbreaking essays on Rabbinic midrash by a new generation of erudite scholars of Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. The contributions reflect a deep understanding of the languages and literatures of the Middle East in Late Antiquity, a thorough grounding in the history of research, a judicious application of textual criticism of rabbinic texts, an empathetic encounter with the abiding values conveyed by these texts, and three distinct forms of interdisciplinary scholarship. Five of the seven essays compare, contrast and mediate between Rabbinic and Patristic exegesis and elucidate elements of culture shared by these ancient interpreters of Scripture. Another of the essays is a brilliant application of Orality Studies and semiotics to the study of the origin, the forms, and the content of aggadic midrash, and especially the ubiquitous and seldom analyzed “prooftext”. The volume concludes with an exposition, with pictorial illustrations, of the Rabbinic Sages' familiarity with and utilization of the Egyptian Osiris Myth in their homilies and Scriptural exegesis. With hermeneutics, polemics, and even magic, this book is a veritable must for clergy, students, scholars, and laypersons interested in deepening their understanding of Rabbinic and Patristic biblical interpretation.


Lieve Teugels is Adjunct Editor at Gorgias Press and specialist in midrash. She has published two books and many articles on midrash and Jewish Studies. Rivka Ulmer holds the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Judaic Studies at Bucknell University. She has published multiple books and studies in the field of midrash and Jewish Studies.

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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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