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Published: 08 September 2016

238 Pages


ISBN: 9780198759232

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Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century

The Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher

Benjamin Williams

Oxford Oriental Monographs

  • Investigates the reasons for the growing interest in the interpretation of midrash in the sixteenth century by focusing on Abraham ben Asher's elucidation Genesis Rabba.
  • Introduces the development of Midrash Rabba as a ten-fold 'anthology' of midrashim.
  • Examines the editions of Midrash Rabba printed in the sixteenth century, their readership, and the commentaries written to accompany them.
  • Considers how Abraham ben Asher intended his Or ha-Sekhel to be used by readers.