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The midrashic process

tradition and interpretation in rabbinic Judaism
  • 218 Pages
  • 3.41 MB
  • English
Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, New York
Bible. O.T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish., Midrash -- History and criti
StatementIrving Jacobs.
LC ClassificationsBM514 .J33 1995
The Physical Object
Paginationxxiii, 218 p. ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1434328M
ISBN 10052146174X
LC Control Number93046182

Book Description This book represents a systematic attempt to establish patterns and traditions of interpretation in early rabbinic Bible exegesis. It offers a fresh approach to the perennial problem of the rabbis' awareness of plain meaning, and of the significance which they attached The midrashic process book it, and makes a notable contribution to text by: The Midrashic Process: Tradition and Interpretation in Rabbinic Judaism Irving Jacobs.

“Written by some of the most outstanding scholars of Jewish Studies, this book sheds light on the dominant cognitive mode of Judaism. Through the Midrashic process Jewish scholars molded Jewish consciousness, responded to historical crises, created legal and theological norms, and shaped Jewish culture.5/5(1).

This book is essentially a text-based study examining the implications and ramifications of the midrashic process. The author touches upon the transformation and development of biblical personalities and events in rabbinic literature, endeavouring to illustrate the major aspects of this process through examples of exegetical traditions.

Irving Jacobs. The Midrashic Process. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xiii, pp. Over the last decade a plethora of books and monographs on various aspects of rabbinic midrash has been offered to the English-language audience. Irving Jacobs's The Midrashic The midrashic process book is different from many of these because of its focus and erudition.

Through the Midrashic process Jewish scholars molded Jewish consciousness, responded to historical crises, created legal and theological norms, and shaped Jewish culture.

The book offers a sophisticated analysis of textuality in Judaism: the interpretation of sacred texts explains both the traditionalist nature of Judaism as well as its elasticity. THE MIDRASH "Wisdom is granted by God to him who already possesses knowledge, not to the ignorant."--MIDRASH TANHUMA.

"The Bible, or written law, contains unexplained passages and hidden sentences, which can not be fully understood without the help of the oral law."--MIDRASH TANHUMA. THE MIDRASH (INTRODUCTION) AMONG the thousand odds and ends of wisdom and fantasy. The Midrashic Process: Tradition and Interpretation in Rabbinic Judaism.

The book of Ecclesiastes and its speaker Qohelet are famous for saying that there is nothing new under the sun. This class will present an abridgement of the Midrashic / Aggadic material in the Talmud. It is based on the book Ein Ya’akov, a compilation of Talmudic Aggadah, written by R. Ya’akov ibn Chaviv in Saloniki, Greece at the beginning of the 16th century C.E.

The material deals with many topics. The main part of the book is devoted to the Talmudic and Midrashic literature in the light of contemporary rabbinic research. The appendix includes a new section on electronic resources for the. This book represents a systematic attempt to establish patterns and traditions of interpretation in early rabbinic Bible exegesis.

It offers a fresh approach to the perennial problem of the rabbis' awareness of plain meaning, and of the significance which they attached to. The Book of Genesis is nothing if not a story of dysfunctional families.

Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Hagar, Study. Serah, Daughter of Asher How the Midrash interprets Serah's role in Israelite history. Study. Sifra and Sifre Legal midrash on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Sefer Ha-Aggadah (The Book of Legends) is a compilation of aggada from the Mishnah, the two Talmuds, and the Midrash literature.

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Legends of the Jews, by Rabbi Louis Ginzberg, synthesizes aggada from the Mishnah, the two Talmuds, and Midrash. In this collection, Rabbi Ginzberg paraphrases the original material and rewrites them in a single narrative that covers five volumes.

The midrashic process provides a supportive Jewish framework in which to reflect on issues of healing. Midrash is an interpretive practice that emphasizes interpersonal engagement, critical analysis and creativity.

Here, experts from across the spectrum of Jewish life present a. These obvious contradictions presented a problem for the ancient rabbis who believed that the Torah was the written word of God and therefore it could not contradict itself.

They, therefore, interpreted Genesis 1 so that it did not contradict Genesis 2, coming up with ideas such as the androgyne and a "First Eve" in the process. According to the theory of a "First Eve," Genesis 1 refers to.

One scull hears the midrash quoted, and the midrashic process engaged during services in synagogue or in Jewish schools. Midrash is really a way of reading the text, of living with the text. Barry Holz, in Back to the Sources, Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, argues.

Books shelved as midrash: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Sinners and the Sea: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife by Rebecca Kanner, Hebrew Myths: The Book o.

The book focuses on two particular genres in midrashic literature - the mashal (parable) and the narrative expansion. Through the application of her methodology, the author raises midrash to a sophisticated level of Biblical exegesis.

The JPS Classic Midrash Collection brings together three ancient anthologies of Midrash. The two Mekhilta titles deal exclusively with the book of Exodus, acting as commentaries that exegetically illuminate both the legal (Halakhic) and moral (Aggadic) aspects of the text.

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Midrash. Midrash involves a very close reading of the biblical text but does so in ways and following a logic that can sometimes be different from traditional post-Enlightenment modes of thinking. 9 Therefore, rabbinic readings of scripture sometimes fly in the face of scholarly readings of the scriptures.

The standard midrashic reading here begins from the apparent superfluousness of brings forth seed [ki tazria]; whatever physiological phenomenon it refers to presumably occurs in all pregnancies, and therefore the text should simply have said ishah ki teled zakhar, "when a woman gives birth to a male".

[and some Midrashic interpretation of the verse would go here]. Third: The term "midrash" also can refer to a book, a compilation of Midrashic teachings, in the form of legal, exegetical or homiletical commentaries on the Tanakh. Thus Genesis Rabbah is a book that compiles midrashim on the book.

This Midrashic way of looking at scripture, is testament to the amazing way in which God has chosen to show us how He intends to finally conclude things. It also shows the deeper meanings that God has placed in a book (the Bible) that span over a period of time written by.

Midrash, Hebrew Midhrāsh (“exposition, investigation”) plural Midrashim, a mode of biblical interpretation prominent in the Talmudic literature. The term is also used to refer to a separate body of commentaries on Scripture that use this interpretative mode.

See Talmud and Midrash. Read More on This Topic. None of the verses that outline a mother’s process of separation, purification and sacrificial responsibility appear in the midrashic parashah, even as a slight reference.

The cumulative effect of the parashah is to transform this unassuming verse, whose scriptural purpose is strictly introductory, into a subject of inquiry in its own right. The basic principles of Midrash were listed in the original seven points, called midoth, of Rabbi Hillel.

1 Hillel is regarded as the greatest of the Hebrew sages of the Second Temple period and was the grandfather of Rabbi Gamaliel, the tutor of Paul, who defended the rights of Jewish believers in the book of Acts.

Talmud and Midrash, commentative and interpretative writings that hold a place in the Jewish religious tradition second only to the Bible (Old Testament).

The Hebrew term Talmud (“study” or “learning”) commonly refers to a compilation of ancient teachings regarded as sacred and normative by Jews.

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Midrash often includes stories, called aggadah, some allegorical, some anecdotal, some reaching far beyond what we understand to be possible in our world. Midrash can be found strewn throughout the Talmud, and in many anthologies compiled contemporaneously with the Talmud or later.

The largest, best-known collection is called Midrash Rabbah. In Midrash for Beginners, Rabbi Edwin Goldberg presents English readers with an easily accessible entrance into the fascinating and insightful world of Midrash.

Instead of trying to explain or define the Midrash and the midrashic process, Rabbi Goldberg gives beginning students the opportunity to explore and study Midrash themselves by focusing. The process of midrash-making began with the redaction of the Bible, a centuries-long process that began around BCE and ended in the early years of the Common Era.

It can even be argued that the Bible itself is midrash: The latter books of Chronicles explain and interpret parts of the narrative presented in earlier books of Kings.The derasha (midrashic sermon) was the rabbi’s primary method of communicating rabbinic ideas about a wide range of issues to his followers.

These include theological ideas about the nature of God and our relationship to Him, ethical and social positions regard the conduct of the individual and the community and even political positions.This innovative and original book examines the broad range of Jewish interpretation from antiquity through the medieval and renaissance periods.

Its primary focus is on Midrash and midrashic creativity, including the entire range of nonlegal interpretations of the Bible. Considering Midrash as a literary and cultural form, the book explores.