With Reverence for the Word: Medieval Scriptural Exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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EditorJane Dammen McAuliffe, Barry D. Walfish, Joseph W. Goering

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This volume represents the first trilateral exploration of medieval scriptural interpretation. During the medieval period the three exegetical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam produced a vast literature, one of great diversity but also one of numerous cross-culturalsimilarities.

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This volume represents the first trilateral exploration of medieval scriptural interpretation. During the medieval period the three exegetical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam produced a vast literature, one of great diversity but also one of numerous cross-culturalsimilarities.

Jane Dammen McAuliffe is President and Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College, previously Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. She sits on the Council on Foreign Relations. Barry D. Walfish is cross-appointed as Collection Development Department for the University of Toronto Library and Professor of Re...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsAbbreviationsPart I: Medieval Jewish Exegesis of the Bible1. Barry D. Walfish: An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation2. Stephen D. Benin: The Search for Truth in Sacred Scripture: Jews, Christians, and the Authority to Interpret3. Haggai Ben-Shammai: The Tension between Literal Interpretation and Exegetical Freedom: Comparative Observations on Saadia's Method4. Daniel Frank: Karaite Commentaries on the Song of Songs from Tenth-Century Jerusalem5. Michael A. Signer: Restoring the Narrative: Jewish and Christian Exegesis in the Twelfth Century6. Martin Lockshin: Rashbam as a "Literary" Exegete7. Elliot R. Wolfson: Asceticism and Eroticism in Medieval Jewish Philosophical and Mystical Exegesis of the Song of Songs8. Barry D. Walfish: Typology, Narrative, and History: Isaac ben Joseph ha-Kohen on the Book of Ruth9. Marc Saperstein: The Method of Doubts: Problematizing the Bible in Late Medieval Jewish Exegesis10. Eric Lawee: Introducing Scripture: The Accessus ad auctores in Hebrew Exegetical Literature from the Thirteenth through the Fifteenth Centuries11. Alan Cooper: On the Social Role of Biblical Interpretation: The Case of ProverbsPart II: Medieval Christian Exegesis of the Bible12. Joseph W. Goering: An Introduction to Medieval Christian Biblical Interpretation13. Abigail Firey: The Letter of the Law: Carolingian Exegetes and the Old Testament14. Edward Synan: The Four "Senses" and the Four Exegetes15. James R. Ginther: Laudat sensum et significationem: Robert Grosseteste on the Four Senses of Scripture16. Robert Sweetman: Beryl Smalley, Thomas of Cantimpre, and the Performative Reading of Scripture: A Study in Two Exempla17. John F. Boyle: The Theological Character of the Scholastic "Division of the Text" with Particular Reference to the Commentaries of Saint Thomas Aquinas18. Edourad Jeauneau: Thomas of Ireland and his De tribus sensibus sacrae scripturae19. A. J. Minnis: Material Swords and Literal Lights: The Status of Allegory in William of Ockham's Breviloquium on Papal PowerPart III: Medieval Exegesis of the Qur'an20. Jane Dammen McAuliffe: An Introduction to Medieval Interpretation of the Qur'an21. Fred Leemhuis: Discussion and Debate in Early Commentaries on the Qur'an22. Herbert Berg: Weakness in the Arguments for the Early Dating of Qur'anic Commentary23. Gerhard Bowering: The Scriptural "Senses" in Medieval Sufi Qur'an Exegesis24. Hava Lazarus-Yafeh: Are There Allegories in Sufi Qur'an Interpretation?25. Angelika Neuwirth: From the Sacred Mosque to the Remote Temple: Surat al-Isra' between Text and Commentary26. Gerald Hawting: Qur'anic Exegesis and History27. Stefan Wild: The Self-Referentiality of the Qur'an: Sura 3:7 as an Exegetical Challenge28. Andrew Rippin: The Designation of "Foreign" Language in the Exegesis of the Qur'an29. Jane Dammen McAuliffe: The Genre Boundaries of Qur'anic CommentarySubject IndexIndex to Citations from the Bible, Rabbinic Literature, and the Qur'an

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"With Reverence for the Word is both a readable and informative collection of essays important to the study of medieval scriptural exegesis." --Journal of Near Eastern Studies