Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations

Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906764913
Publisher: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Fishbane is the Nathan Cummings Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago.

Joanna Weinberg is Professor of Early Modern Jewish History and Rabbinics at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Note on Transliteration viii

Introduction Michael Fishbane Joanna Weinberg 1

Part I Origins and Subsurface Traditions

1 Midrash and the Meaning of Scripture Michael Fishbane 13

2 The Hand upon the Lord's Throne: Targumic and Midrashic Perceptions of Exodus 17: 14-16 Robert Hayward 25

3 Unwashed Hands: A Midrashic Controversy in the Gospel of Matthew Piet Van Boxel 41

4 'Tradunt Hebraei': The Problem of the Function and Reception of Jewish Midrash in Jerome Alison Salvesen 57

5 Midrash in Syriac Sebastian Brock 83

Part II Later Midrashic Forms

6 Piyut and Midrash: Between Poetic Invention and Rabbinic Convention Michael Fishbane 99

7 The Mourners for Zion and the Suffering Messiah: Pesikta rabati 34-Structure, Theology, and Context Philip Alexander 137

8 The Toledot yeshu as Midrash William Horbury 159

9 Storytelling as Midrashic Discourse in the Middle Ages Eli Yassif 169

10 Performative Midrash in the Memory of Ashkenazi Martyrs Ivan G. Marcus 197

Part III Medieval Transformations

11 Midrash in a Lexical Key: Nathan ben Yehiel's Arukh Joanna Weinberg 213

12 Rashi's Choice: The Pentateuch Commentary as Rewritten Midrash Ivan G. Marcus 233

13 The Pendulum of Exegetical Methodology: From Peshat to Derash and Back Sara Japhet 249

14 Midrashic Texts and Methods in Tosafist Torah Commentaries Ephraim Kanarfogel 267

15 Zoharic Literature and Midrashic Temporality Elliot Wolfson 321

Part IV Early Modern and Modern Traditions

16 The Ingathering of Midrash Rabbah: A Moment of Creativity and Innovation Benjamin Williams 347

17 Midrash in Medieval and Early Modern Sermons Marc Saperstein 371

18 Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his Attitude to the Aggadah Jacob Elbaum 389

19 The Destruction of the Temple: A Yiddish Booklet for the Ninth of Av Jacob Elbaum Chava Turniansky 407

20 Midrash in Habad Hasidism Naftali Loewenthal 429

Index 457

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