Textual Tapestries: Explorations of the Five Megillot

Textual Tapestries: Explorations of the Five Megillot

by Gabriel H. Cohn


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Textual Tapestries: Explorations of the Five Megillot by Gabriel H. Cohn

The Five Megillot — the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther — are among the most familiar of biblical texts. Yet in the hands of veteran educator and Bible scholar Gabriel H. Cohn, a leading disciple of Nehama Leibowitz, the megillot reveal untold depths.
Utilizing classical commentary and modern scholarship to explore literary, philosophical, and educational aspects of the megillot, he uncovers multiple dimensions of meaning, while always maintaining sight of the peshat, the plain sense of the text.
Upon its publication in Hebrew, Textual Tapestries was recognized as an instant classic. Dr. Cohn now invites readers of English to participate in the continuing dialogue between the Jewish people and their sacred books, and to join him on a journey to discover these books' religious meaning for the individual and the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592643981
Publisher: The Toby Press
Publication date: 01/15/2017
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Reading the Five Megillot xiii

Studies in the Song of Songs

Chapter 1 The Song of Songs in the Framework of Scripture 3

Chapter 2 Allegory and Symbol 11

Chapter 3 "The Song of Songs Which Is Solomon's" 27

Chapter 4 The Inner World of the Song of Songs 37

Chapter 5 The Songs and Their Singularity 49

Chapter 6 The Sequence of the Songs 57

Chapter 7 The Song of the Land of Israel 69

Chapter 8 "The Daughters of Jerusalem" - "The Daughters of Zion" 81

Appendix I Select Songs for Self-Study 93

Studies in the Book of Ruth

Chapter 9 The Structure of the Book of Ruth 109

Chapter 10 The Language and Style of the Book 117

Chapter 11 Social Responsibility and Religious Consciousness 125

Chapter 12 Leaving the Land of Israel 133

Chapter 13 "And Be Famous in Bethlehem" 139

Chapter 14 The Deeds of the Fathers Are a Sign for the Children 149

Chapter 15 Your People shall Be My People, and Your God My God 159

Chapter 16 Levirate Marriage and Redemption 167

Chapter 17 Women and Family 173

Chapter 18 The Meaning of the Book of Ruth 181

Appendix I Commentaries and Study Questions 189

Studies in the Book of Lamentations

Chapter 19 Eikha 197

Chapter 20 The Literary Character of the Book 207

Chapter 21 Jeremiah and Lamentations 217

Chapter 22 The Destruction of Jerusalem 231

Chapter 23 "Jerusalem has Grievously Sinned" 239

Chapter 24 Prayer and Hope 251

Appendix I Midrashim on the Book of Lamentations 261

Appendix II Kinot 267

Studies in the Book of Ecclesiastes

Chapter 25 Ecclesiastes and the Books of Scripture 275

Chapter 26 Kohelet the Son of David 285

Chapter 27 "Vanity of Vanities" 293

Chapter 28 The Inner Structure 301

Chapter 29 "Because Its Words Are Self-Contradictory" 315

Chapter 30 The Concept of God in Ecclesiastes 323

Chapter 31 What Is Good for Man 329

Appendix I Ecclesiastes in the Biblical Canon 337

Appendix II A Unique Introduction to the Book of Ecclesiastes 343

Studies in the Book of Esther

Chapter 32 The World of the Book of Esther 349

Chapter 33 Rule and Dominion in Ahasuerus' Kingdom 357

Chapter 34 The Hidden and the Revealed 365

Chapter 35 Queen Esther in the Footsteps of Joseph 373

Chapter 36 Continuing the War Against Amalek 381

Chapter 37 The Status of Women 389

Chapter 38 The Religious Meaning of the Book of Esther 403

Appendix I The Laws and Customs of Purim 413

Appendix II The Book of Esther in the Tempest of Time 423

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