Jewish Ways of Reading the Bible

Paperback | February 15, 2000

EditorGeorge John Brooke

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This volume contains 16 papers presented to the 1999 Annual Meeting of the British Association of Jewish Studies held in Manchester. The conference theme was "Jewish Ways of Reading the Bible". Participants addressed the theme from a wide range of different perspectives; classical, medievaland modern. The result is a book which illustrates the richness and diversity of Jewish attitudes to scripture.Especially significant contributions discuss the plain meaning of scripture in the Qumran (Brooke), the Targumim (Bernstein), the rabbinical attitudes to textual variants (Alexander), the methods of argument in the Mishnah (Samely), the place of the bible in an example of medieval liturgy (Loewe),and the treatment of some biblical women by Jewish authors both ancient and modern (McKay).The volume also contains insightful discussions of inner biblical exegesis: of aspects of early Jewish interpretative method and Enoch and the writings of Philo, of the psychology of rabbinical commentators, of how the bible was read in medieval Jewish book illuminations, of morally problematicbiblical passages, of whether the rabbinical discussions of the Flood provide insights for understanding the holocaust, and how the bible is treated in contemporary Jewish Sermons.

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This volume contains 16 papers presented to the 1999 Annual Meeting of the British Association of Jewish Studies held in Manchester. The conference theme was "Jewish Ways of Reading the Bible". Participants addressed the theme from a wide range of different perspectives; classical, medievaland modern. The result is a book which illus...

Dr George Brooke has been at the University of Manchester since 1984, first as a lecturer in Intertestemental Literature, and since 1994, as Senior Lecturer. In 1997 he became Professor of Biblical Studies and in 1998 became the Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 9.45 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Reading the Bible in the Classical Age1. Bernard S. Jackson: The Original Oral Law2. Nina L. Collins: Who Wanted a Translation of the Pentateuch in Greek?3. Siam Bhayro: Daniel's 'Watchers' in Enochic Exegesis of Genesis 6:1-44. George J. Brooke: Reading the Plain Meaning of Scripture in the Dead Sea Scrolls5. Niclas Forster: The Exegesis of Homer and Numerology as a Method for Interpreting the Bible in the Writing of Philo of Alexander6. Alexander Samely: Delaying the Progress from Case to Case: Redundancy in the Halakhic Discourse of the Mishnah7. Moshe J. Bernstein: The Aramaic Targumim: The Many Faces of the Jewish Biblical ExperienceReading the Bible in the Mediaeval Age8. Clive Fierstone: Is YHWH Yireh Jerusalem?9. Philip S. Alexander: Why no Textual Criticism in Rabbinic Midrash? Reflection of the Textual Culture of the Rabbis10. Brian L. Lancaster: The Psychology of Oppositional Thinking in Rabbinic Biblical Commentary11. Raphael Loewe: The Structure of Hymnic Insertions in the Statutory Jewish Liturgy12. Eva Frojmovic: Jewish Ways of Reading the Illuminated BibleReading the Bible in the Modern Age13. Heather A. McKay: 'Eshet Hayil or 'Ishshah Zarah: Jewish Readings of Abigail and Bathesheba, both Ancient and Modern14. Moshe Ish-Horowicz: Theodicy, the Flood and the Holocaust15. Harry Lesser: 'It is Difficult to Understand': Dealing with Morally Difficult Passages in the Hebrew Bible16. Christine M. Pilkington: The Bible in Contemporary Jewish SermonsIndexesIndex of Biblical ReferencesIndex of Classical SourcesIndex of Modern Authors