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

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

by Deborah A. Green, Laura S. Lieber


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ISBN-13: 9780199206575
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/25/2009
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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