Scripture as Logos

Scripture as Logos

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The study of midrasha€”the biblical exegesis, parables, and anecdotes of the Rabbisa€”has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Most recent scholarship, however, has focused on the aggadic or narrative midrash, while halakhic or legal midrasha€”the exegesis of biblical lawa€”has received relatively little attention. In Scripture as Logos, Azzan Yadin addresses this long-standing need, examining early, tannaitic (70-200 C.E.) legal midrash, focusing on the interpretive tradition associated with the figure of Rabbi Ishmael. This is a sophisticated study of midrashic hermeneutics, growing out of the observation that the Rabbi Ishmael midrashim contain a dual personification of Scripture, which is referred to as both qtorahq and qha-katuv.q It is Yadin's significant contribution to note that the two terms are not in fact synonymous but rather serve as metonymies for Sinai on the one hand and, on the other, the rabbinic house of study, the bet midrash. Yadin develops this insight, ultimately presenting the complex but highly coherent interpretive ideology that underlies these rabbinic texts, an ideology thata€”contrary to the dominant view todaya€”seeks to minimize the role of the rabbinic reader by presenting Scripture as actively self-interpretive. Moving beyond textual analysis, Yadin then locates the Rabbi Ishmael hermeneutic within the religious landscape of Second Temple and post-Temple literature. The result is a series of surprising connections between these rabbinic texts and Wisdom literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Church Fathers, all of which lead to a radical rethinking of the origins of rabbinic midrash and, indeed, of the Rabbis as a whole.does cite a teaching in the name of (DBQ) Rabbi Yehoshua in p. Pesahim 34c, chapter 7 halakhah ... 13. See Epstein, Prolegomena, 71-88. 14. Halivni, Midrash , Mishnah, and Gemara, 60-61. 15. See above, pp. 125-26. 16. This passage was anbsp;...

Title:Scripture as Logos
Author:Azzan Yadin
Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press - 2004-06-01


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