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Genesis Rabbah in Text and Context

Ed. by Sarit Kattan Gribetz, David M. Grossberg, Martha Himmelfarb, and Peter Schäfer

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Genesis Rabbah, the earliest rabbinic commentary on the book of Genesis, was composed in Roman Palestine around the fifth century CE and continued to be studied throughout medieval and modern times. In this volume, an international team of scholars explores the literary formation and textual transmission of this work as well as the historical, cultural, religious, and political contexts in which it was composed.
Genesis Rabbah, the earliest rabbinic commentary on Genesis, was composed in Roman Palestine around the 5th century CE. In this volume, an international team of scholars explores the literary formation and textual transmission of this work in late antiquity, and the historical, cultural, religious, and political contexts from which it emerged. Some essays study the multi-layered nature of this text, the relationship of the traditions within the collection to one another and to other compositions, its redaction, its manuscript history, and the interpretive strategies it applies to biblical verses. Other essays explore how the midrash engages with Greco-Roman literature, competing theological and exegetical ideas found in contemporary Christian works, and other genres of Jewish literature. The collection aims to advance scholarly conversations about the classical rabbinic corpus; midrash; religions of late antiquity; interactions between Jews, Christians, and others in the Greco-Roman world; and the reception of Genesis Rabbah in medieval and modern times.
Survey of contents
Sarit Kattan Gribetz/David M. Grossberg: Introduction: Genesis Rabbah, a Great Beginning – Michael Sokoloff: The Major Manuscripts of Genesis RabbahSarit Kattan Gribetz: Between Narrative and Polemic: The Sabbath in Genesis Rabbah and the Babylonian Talmud – Peter Schäfer: Genesis Rabbah's Enoch – Chaim Milikowsky: Into the Workshop of the Homilist: Comparison of Genesis Rabbah 33:1 and Leviticus Rabbah 27:1 – Martha Himmelfarb: Abraham and the Messianism of Genesis RabbahCarol Bakhos: The Family of Abraham in Genesis RabbahMaren Niehoff: Origen's Commentary on Genesis as a Key to Genesis RabbahLaura Lieber: Stage Mothers: Performing the Matriarchs in Genesis Rabbah and Yannai – Joshua Levinson: Composition and Transmission of the Exegetical Narrative in Genesis RabbahDavid M. Grossberg: On Plane-Trees and the Palatine Hill: Rabbi Yishmael and the Samaritan in Genesis Rabbah and the Later Palestinian Rabbinic Tradition – Martin Lockshin: Peshat in Genesis RabbahMarc Hirshman: The Final Chapters of Genesis Rabbah
Authors/Editors

Sarit Kattan Gribetz Born 1984; PhD from Princeton University; currently Assistant Professor of Theology, Fordham University, New York.

David M. Grossberg Born 1965; PhD from Princeton University; currently Visiting Scholar, Cornell University, Ithaca.

Martha Himmelfarb Born 1952; PhD from the University of Pennsylvania; currently William H. Danforth Professor of Religion, Princeton University, Princeton.

Peter Schäfer Geboren 1943; 1968 Promotion; 1973 Habilitation; 1983–2008 Professor für Judaistik an der Freien Universität Berlin; 1998–2013 Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies und Professor of Religion an der Princeton University; seit 2014 Direktor des Jüdischen Museums Berlin.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Rundschau — 82 (2017), S. 27–30 (Matthias Morgenstern)
In: Salesianum — 80 (2018), S. 163–164 (Rafael Vicent)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 41.5 (2017) (Bradford A. Anderson)
In: Recherches de Science Religieuse — 105 (2018), S. 132–134 (André Paul)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 142 (2017), S. 1173–1175 (Günter Stemberger)