Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

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Scriptural Exegesis gathers voices from an international community of scholars to consider the many facets of the history of biblical interpretation and to question how exegesis shapes spiritual and cultural creativity. Divided into four broadly chronological sections that chart a variety of approaches from ancient to modern times, the essays examine texts and problems rooted in the ancient world yet still of concern today. Nineteen chapters incorporate the expertise of contributors from a diverse range of disciplines, including ancient religion, philosophy, mysticism, and folklore. Each embraces the challenge of explicating complex and often esoteric writings in light of Michael Fishbane's groundbreaking work in exegesis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199206575
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/25/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors x

List of Abbreviations xii

Introduction Deborah A. Green Laura S. Lieber 1

Part I The Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible: The Shape of the Text

1 Myth as historia divina and historia sacra Jan Assmann 13

2 The Neo-Assyrian origins of the canon formula in Deuteronomy 13:1 Bernard M. Levinson 25

3 Traditum and tradition: the case of Deuteronomy 17:14-20 Ernest Nicholson 46

4 The riddle of Psalm 111 Marc Zvi Brettler 62

5 Calling God names: an inner-biblical approach to the Tetragrammaton William M. Schniedewind 74

Part II Intertestamental, Postbiblical, and Rabbinic Literature: Reimagining the Text

6 The Suffering Servant: from Isaiah to the Dead Sea Scrolls Israel Knohl 89

7 The Work of the Chariot and the Work of Creation as mystical teachings in Philo of Alexandria Yehuda Liebes 105

8 A rabbinic disquisition of Leviticus 26:3-13: a utopian vision between Jews and Christians Joanna Weinberg 121

9 Yearning for intimacy: Pesikta d'Rav Kahana and the Temple Marc Hirshman 135

10 'If the text had not been written, it could not be said' Moshe Halbertal 146

Part III The Medieval Period: A New Textual Imagination

11 Cain, Abel, and brutism Kalman P. Bland 165

12 'Sage is preferable to prophet': revisioning midrashic imagination Elliot R. Wolfson 186

13 On angels and biblical exegesis in thirteenth-century Ashkenaz Moshe Idel 211

14 'Virgil in the Basket': narrative as hermeneutics in Hebrew literature of the Middle Ages Eli Yassif 245

15 Fabula, between $$ and $$: concerning Christian exegesis during the Middle Ages Gilbert Dahan 268

16 Women reading the Song of Songs in theChristian tradition Bernard McGinn 281

Part IV The Modern Period: The Human and Divine in the Text

17 Finding the radiance in the text: a Habad hasidic interpretation of the Exodus Naftali Loewenthal 299

18 Between sensual and heavenly love: Franz Rosenzweig's reading of the Song of Songs Paul Mendes-Flohr 310

Index 319

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