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Masters of the Word: Traditional Jewish Bible Commentary from the Eleventh Through Thirteenth Centuries
Masters of the Word: Traditional Jewish Bible Commentary from the Eleventh Through Thirteenth Centuries
 
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Yonatan Kolatch

Publisher: Ktav

The second work in a series of in-depth explorations of the rich world of traditional Jewish Bible commentators. This volume concentrates on commentators from the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries: Rashi, Rashbam, Bechor Shor, Chizkuni and the Ba'alei Tosafot, Later Midrashic Collections (Lekach Tov, Midrash HaGadol and Yalkut Shimoni), and Ibn Ezra. Each parasha in Bereishit is presented as a unit according to the views of one commentator, analyzing the methodology and style of the exegete against the backdrop of his time and place. Not just another "parasha book", this pioneering work addresses such questions as: How did the times affect the commentator and how did he influence his times? What is the commentator's approach and attitude towards the oral law and rabbinic tradition? What were his goals? What kinds of textual problems did he deal with? These problems are dealt with clearly and reliably; the authorís comments are fully footnoted. The final chapter uses three selections from the last parasha of Bereishit, Vayechi, to illuminate the unique styles and contributions of each of the commentators studied. By viewing the Bible through the varying lenses of the different commentators, one can begin to truly appreciate the breadth, depth and diversity of its "seventy facets".

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