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From Sermon to Commentary : Expounding the Bible in Talmudic Babylonia.

Author/Creator:
Segal, Eliezer.
Publication:
Waterloo, ON : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005.
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Book
1 online resource (177 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Studies in Christianity and Judaism
Studies in Christianity and Judaism ; v.17
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Subjects:
Bible. -- O.T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish.
Aggada -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Midrash -- History and criticism.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
The Bible has always been vital to Jewish religious life, and it has been expounded in diverse ways. Perhaps the most influential body of Jewish biblical interpretation is the Midrash that was produced by expositors during the first five centuries CE. Many such teachings are collected in the Babylonian Talmud, the monumental compendium of Jewish law and lore that was accepted as the definitive statement of Jewish oral tradition for subsequent generations. However, many of the Talmud's interpretations of biblical passages appear bizarre or pointless. From Sermon to Commentary: Expounding the Bible in Talmudic Babylonia tries to explain this phenomenon by carefully examining representative passages from a variety of methodological approaches, paying particular attention to comparisons with Midrash composed in the Land of Israel. Based on this investigation, Eliezer Segal argues that the Babylonian sages were utilizing discourses that had originated in Israel as rhetorical sermons in which biblical interpretation was being employed in an imaginative, literary manner, usually based on the interplay between two or more texts from different books of the Bible. Because they did not possess their own tradition of homiletic preaching, the Babylonian rabbis interpreted these comments without regard for their rhetorical conventions, as if they were exegetical commentaries, resulting in the distinctive, puzzling character of Babylonian Midrash.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Aggadic Midrash in Babylonia
1 A Chamber on the Wall
2 A Holy Man of God
3 Two Faces
4 Daughters of Zion
5 Cave of Machpelah
6 Amraphel and Nimrod
7 A New King
8 The Fish
9 Sevenfold
10 "From India Even unto Ethiopia"
11 Ahasuerus, a Clever King or a Stupid King?
12 "The Court of the Garden…"
13 Treasure Cities
14 Pithom and Raamses
15 Shiphrah and Puah
16 Coats of Skins
17 To Do His Business
18 Orpah and Harafah
19 Shobach and Shophach
20 Elishah and the Children
21 Staff or Goblet
22 King and Commoner
23 Ezekiel's Cry
24 Mahlon and Chilion
25 His Eldest Son
26 Achan and Zimri
27 Ham and Noah
28 Sennacherib, Clever or Stupid?
29 Copper Precious as Gold
30 Non-Babylonian Examples
Therapeutic Leaves
Seven Days
"For It Is Great"
Conclusions
Works Cited
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Sources
HEBREW BIBLE
BIBLE VERSIONS
RABBINIC LITERATURE
Talmudic Rabbis
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HEBREW AND ARAMAIC WORDS
TALMUDIC TERMINOLOGY
Biblical Figures
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Segal, Eliezer From Sermon to Commentary
ISBN:
9780889209114
9780889204829
OCLC:
753479591