Pesiqta Rabbati

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Published here for the first time is volume two of the complete manuscript material of Pesiqta Rabbati, a major rabbinic work from 5th or 6th century Palestine. Pasiqta Rabbati is a religious text that expresses rabbinic, apocalyptic, messianic, gnostic, and mystical traditions. Based upon the annual cycle of biblical passages for the Jewish Holy Days and special sabbaths, the text demonstrates the artful form of the rabbinic homily and the midrash method of scriptural exegesis. All extant Hebrew manuscripts ...
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Overview

Published here for the first time is volume two of the complete manuscript material of Pesiqta Rabbati, a major rabbinic work from 5th or 6th century Palestine. Pasiqta Rabbati is a religious text that expresses rabbinic, apocalyptic, messianic, gnostic, and mystical traditions. Based upon the annual cycle of biblical passages for the Jewish Holy Days and special sabbaths, the text demonstrates the artful form of the rabbinic homily and the midrash method of scriptural exegesis. All extant Hebrew manuscripts (located in Budapest, Cambridge, New York, Parma, Philadelphia, Rome and Vienna) as well as the 17th century editio princeps are presented here in a synoptic edition, allowing the reader to view the texts in adjacent columns without emendation. The English introduction summarizes the academic research in respect to Pesiqta Rabbati.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian Hellenistic and Roman Period
The great value of these editions is to provide scholars with the text of all the witnesses, eventually leaving scholars the responsibility of reconstructing or critically choosing the 'best reading'. I thank the editor for this splendid synopsis.
In the future all the works on PR will be based on this edition, both translation…and critical studies. If future scholars try to establish the history of a single homily or if they try to design the whole process of accretion in the homiletical canon or if they try to uncover the intention of different 'editions' in the same process, all the basic material is supplied in this edition for the
— Professor Miguel Pérez Fernández
Professor Herbert W. Basser
Dr. Ulmer has accurately transcribed and concisely annotated her definitive work. No discussion of Pesiqta Rabbati can by-pass her monumental contribution to scholarship which has rescued long forgotten and indispensable manuscripts.
Professor John T. Townsend
The author of this book probably knows more about the Pesiqta Rabbati than any other scholar living today. The work belongs on the bookshelves of any serious student of Rabbinic midrash.
Professor Isaac Kalimi
These excellent volumes on Pesiqta Rabbati doubtless will serve the rabbinic scholarly world for many generations.
Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian Hellenistic and Roman Period - Professor Miguel Pérez Fernández
The great value of these editions is to provide scholars with the text of all the witnesses, eventually leaving scholars the responsibility of reconstructing or critically choosing the 'best reading'. I thank the editor for this splendid synopsis.
In the future all the works on PR will be based on this edition, both translation…and critical studies. If future scholars try to establish the history of a single homily or if they try to design the whole process of accretion in the homiletical canon or if they try to uncover the intention of different 'editions' in the same process, all the basic material is supplied in this edition for the
Booknews
Dating from fifth-sixth century Palestine, but containing much older material, is a major collection of rabbinic homilies based upon biblical passages from the Torah for Jewish holy days and special Sabbaths. Volume three contains the index, chapter 53 of the Pesiqta Rabbati, supplemental manuscript material, and . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Professor Alexander Samely
Prof. Ulmer's edition of the Pesiqta Rabbati, one of the most important and beautiful witnesses to the ancient Jewish art of Bible interpretation, breaks new ground in making available to the public all key textual recessions at a glance and in full. Prof. Ulmer brings to this famous text her long-standing scholarship on Midrash, as well as her literary sensibility and philological meticulousness. The edition has been a model of clarity and usability since it first appeared.
February 1998 Reference and Research Book News
Summarizes the research and explains the significance to religious studies and related fields of having access to an updated synoptic edition—the first since the 19th century: as a work of literature, for its halakhic (legal) material, and to elucidate the origins of distinct Jewish and Christian groups.
Professor Louis H. Feldman
In her extensive introduction, Prof. Ulmer discusses the work's dating and textual transmission, since it grew by accretion, other studies and suggested research, the text-witnesses, printed editions, modern scholarship, extant translations, methodology utilized in preparing her own edition, and the rationale for presenting it synoptically, namely the absence of a reliable base text.
The Jewish Quarterly Review, (1999) - Professor Chaim Milikowsky
One can therefore only welcome any new addition to the corpus of scholarly editions of rabbinic literature, and the scholarly world must indeed be appreciative of the publication of Pesiqta Rabbati on the most basic ground of making previously inaccessible textual data easily available to everyone.
November 2002. Reference and Research Book News
Dating from fifth-sixth century Palestine, but containing much older material, Pesiqta Rabbati is a major collection of rabbinic homilies based upon biblical passages from the Torah for Jewish holy days and special Sabbaths. Volume three contains the index, chapter 53 of the Pesiqta Rabbati, supplemental manuscript material, and corrigenda.
Professor Maurice-Ruben Hayoun (Paris)
L'Édition de la Pesiqta procurée par le professeur Rivka Ulmer est une contribution décisive dans la connaissance de la littérature midrachique. Cette édition deviendra l'instrument de travail indispensable des enseignants et des étudiants de l'exégèse traditionelle.
Dr. Lieve Teugels
The publication of the synoptic edition of all the extant manuscripts of Pesiqta Rabbati is a first in many ways: the first new edition of this major rabbinic work since the 19th century, and the first synoptic edition of a Midrash. This work is the result of a major undertaking and has already become a valuable tool for scholars of Jewish texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761843320
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Studies in Judaism Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rivka Ulmer received her PhD in Judaic Studies from Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main with a dissertation in midrash. Ulmer teaches at Bucknell University. She was the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies from 2002-2007 and is now Associate Professor of Jewish Studies. Ulmer's research focuses upon midrashic literature; she is founder and co-chair of the Midrash Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Pesiqta Rabbati 53 Chapter 2 Supplement 1 (MS Cambridge TS Misc. 36.124) Chapter 3 Supplement 2 (MS Budapest Kaufmann 157) Chapter 4 Supplement 3: Pesiqta Rabbati 1 (Vienna Fragment, Benedictini) Chapter 5 Supplement 4 (MS Budapest Rabbinical Seminary 221) Part 6 Index Chapter 7 Scriptural Passages Chapter 8 Geographical Terms, Place Names, and Nations Chapter 9 Greek and Latin Expressions Chapter 10 Subjects Chapter 11 Exegetical Terms Chapter 12 Personal Names, Names of Biblical Figures, Angels and Historical Figures Chapter 13 Rabbinic Authorities Chapter 14 Meshalim and Ma'asim Chapter 15 Emendations
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