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Torah is a Hidden Treasure


Proceedings of the Midrash Section, Society of Biblical Literature


The chapters in Torah is a Hidden Treasure pertain to authorship in Seder Eliyahu Rabba and Pirqe deRabi Eliezer, natural law and Israel’s statutes, Masorah and midrash, as well as a definition of midrash. The Hebrew Bible and midrash is researched in the interpretation of Israelite tribes, the Ten Commandments and the Covenant Code, and in Rashbam’s Bible commentary and its exegetical devices.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4078-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Judaism in Context 22
Publication Date: Aug 6,2019
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 193
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4078-3
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The chapters in Torah is a Hidden Treasure pertain to authorship in Seder Eliyahu Rabba and Pirqe deRabi Eliezer, natural law and Israel’s statutes, Masorah and midrash, as well as a definition of midrash. The Hebrew Bible and midrash is researched in the interpretation of Israelite tribes, the Ten Commandments and the Covenant Code, and in Rashbam’s Bible commentary and its exegetical devices.

The chapters in Torah is a Hidden Treasure pertain to authorship in Seder Eliyahu Rabba and Pirqe deRabi Eliezer, natural law and Israel’s statutes, Masorah and midrash, as well as a definition of midrash. The Hebrew Bible and midrash is researched in the interpretation of Israelite tribes, the Ten Commandments and the Covenant Code, and in Rashbam’s Bible commentary and its exegetical devices.

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Contributor Biography

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.

W. David Nelson

W. David Nelson is the former chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Groton School.

Introduction ...................................................................................... 1

W. DAVID NELSON and RIVKA ULMER

 

‘Every Man According to his Blessing’: The Interpretation of

Reuben and Issachar in Genesis Rabbah .................................. 7

AVRAM RICHARD SHANNON

 

Exodus Rabbah and the Aggadic Response to Biblical Law: The

Ten Commandments and the Covenant Code ........................ 25

JONATHAN SCHOFER

 

Natural Law and the Statutes of Israel: Rabbinic Legal Discourse

in Leviticus Rabbah ................................................................. 51

NICHOLAS J. SCHASER

 

Towards a New Understanding of the Defining Features of

Rabbinic Midrash ................................................................... 71

MATTHEW GOLDSTONE

 

Authorship and Authority: Patterns of Change in Seder Eliyahu,

Pirke De Rabbi Eliezer and the Alphabet of Ben Sira in their

Geonic and Early Islamicate Contexts ..................................... 99

LENNART LEHMHAUS

 

Retrospection as an Exegetical Devise in Rashbam’s Torah

Commentary ........................................................................... 151

JONATHAN JACOBS

 

A Necessary Yod: How Masorah and Midrash Helped to Clarify

the Canon .............................................................................. 177

ROBERT VANHOFF

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