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Proceedings of the 2002 and 2003 SBL Consultation on Midrash


This work consists of a selection of papers from sessions during the first two years of SBL Consultation on Midrash. It demonstrates innovative approaches to midrashic texts and hermeneutic reflections on similarities and differences between interpretations of the Bible.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 1-59333-201-7
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Series: Judaism in Context 2
Publication Date: Jan 1,2005
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 0
ISBN: 1-59333-201-7
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This volume contains a selection of papers that were presented in the sessions of the first two years of the Society of Biblical Literature Midrash Consultation. It demonstrates innovative scholarly approaches to midrashic texts and hermeneutic reflections on the similarities and differences between the interpretations of the Bible. The first session (Toronto, 2002) of the midrash program unit presented an introduction to midrash and the exploration of the limits of midrash. The second year (Atlanta, 2003) dealt with the question 'Where do we stand in midrashic text editions and translations?'

This volume contains a selection of papers that were presented in the sessions of the first two years of the Society of Biblical Literature Midrash Consultation. It demonstrates innovative scholarly approaches to midrashic texts and hermeneutic reflections on the similarities and differences between the interpretations of the Bible. The first session (Toronto, 2002) of the midrash program unit presented an introduction to midrash and the exploration of the limits of midrash. The second year (Atlanta, 2003) dealt with the question 'Where do we stand in midrashic text editions and translations?'

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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.

  • Foreword. The Consultation on Midrash of the Society of Biblical Literature
  • Midrash Halakhah in Its Classic Formulation (Yaakov Elman)
  • The Significance of Midrash (John Townsend)
  • Translation as Innovation in BT Meg. 3a (Willem Smelik)
  • From Philology to History. The Sectarian Dispute, as Portrayed in the Scholium to Megillat Ta'anit (Vered Noam)
  • Critiquing a Critical Edition: Challenges Utilizing the Mekhilta of Rabbi Shimon b. Yohai (David Nelson)
  • Creating Rabbinic Texts: Moving from a Synoptic to a Critical Edition Pesiqta Rabbati (Rivka Ulmer)
  • Textual Criticism of a Late Rabbinic Midrash: Aggadat Bereshit (Lieve Teugels)
  • On Critical Editions of Midrash (Burton Visotzky)
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