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Bible and Midrash: The Story of "the Wooing of Rebekah" (Gen. 24 (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 35) (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology) [Paperback]

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This two-part book traces the literary and historic study of the story of the 'Wooing of Rebekah' in the Hebrew Bible and its creative interpretations in Rabbinic Midrash. Part 1 treats such issues as the characterization of the narrative agents in the biblical story, the use of repetition as a narrative structuring device, and the question as to the roles of Rebekah and Isaac in this story as well as in the broader Isaac-Rebekah narratives. Part 2 follows several rabbinic interpretations of this story, dealing with, among other topics, the development of the motif of Rebekah's virginity in rabbinic aggadah and halakha as well as the reception of this theme in modern feminist studies of midrash. While treating these topics, this is at the same time a methodological inquiry into the dynamics of midrashic interpretation, treating rabbinic techniques such as 'gap-filling' and 'linkage', and its differences from modern biblical exegesis.



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Studio: Peeters
Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Peeters
ISBN  9042914262  
ISBN13  9789042914261  


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Blend of traditional and modern hermeneutics  Jan 25, 2006
Bible and Midrash: The Story of "the Wooing of Rebekah" (Gen. 24) (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis and Theology, 35:) by Lieve M. Teugels (Peeters) This two-part book traces the literary and historic study of the story of the 'Wooing of Rebekah' in the Hebrew Bible and its creative interpretations in Rabbinic Midrash. Part 1 treats such issues as the characterization of the narrative agents in the biblical story, the use of repetition as a narrative structuring device, and the question as to the roles of Rebekah and Isaac in this story as well as in the broader Isaac-Rebekah narratives. Part 2 follows several rabbinic interpretations of this story, dealing with, among other topics, the development of the motif of Rebekah's virginity in rabbinic «aggadah» and «halakha» as well as the reception of this theme in modern feminist studies of midrash. While treating these topics, this is at the same time a methodological inquiry into the dynamics of midrashic interpretation, treating rabbinic techniques such as 'gap-filling' and 'linkage', and its differences from modern biblical exegesis.
Excerpt: This book consist of a 'biblical' and a 'rabbinic' part. This two-part pre¬sentation is the result of the double approach I took in my dissertation, and it represents the twofold interest of my scholarship: the Hebrew Bible and its rabbinic interpretation. Despite the fact that these two fields are interrelated in my work and in this book, I am also convinced of the need to keep them apart. I see them as two mutually related, intertwined but yet different, academic disciplines that should not be mixed up. I try to explain the rationale behind this standpoint in section 5 of chapter 7.
In part 1, I treat Genesis 24, the long chapter about the 'Wooing of Rebekah' as it is usually called, as it occurs in the Hebrew Bible. In chapters 2, 4, and 5, I treat the chapter on its own. In chapters 3 and 6, I discuss it in its literary context, as it appears between the foregoing and the following chapters in the Book of Genesis. Whereas I take a 'synchronic' approach in most of Part I, I tackle questions as to the growth of the text in chapters 4 and 6. Chapter 1 serves as the method¬ological background for most of part 1. In this chapter I set out the nar¬ratrological approach that I have adopted for the study of the various aspects of the text: the presentation of the events in the text, characteri¬zation and focalization.
Part 2 starts with a chapter that forms the transition between the two parts of the book. In it I hope to explain the combined and yet separate approach of Biblical and Rabbinic Studies in this book. In chapter 7 I dis¬cuss the interest Bible scholars have taken in midrash since roughly the middle of the twentieth century. The nature of this interest has shifted along with shifting academic approaches to the Bible and changing focal points, such as its history of tradition, and its literary features.
The remainder of part 2 consists of 'pure' Rabbinic Studies research. My focus is on 'midrash', the rabbinic way of presenting bibli¬cal interpretation. Chapter 8 contains a status quaestionis of research into the form of the midrash, tackling several methods and approaches that have been advocated in past and present scholarship. Chapter 9-12 con¬sist of concrete case-studies of rabbinic texts, each from a different angle. All of them treat rabbinic texts that are related to Genesis 24 and/or the figure of Rebekah. Chapter 9 contains three sample studies featuring a form-oriented approach to midrash. Chapter 10 is a study in rabbinic hermeneutics (as is most of part 2), focusing on two techniques that are germane to rabbinic interpretation of the Bible: Chapters 11 and 12 contain a two-gap-filling and linkage, linked to the biblical story and the figure of Rebekah in rabbinic text, viz. female virginity. Also here, hermeneutics is at the core of the dis¬cussion, as midrash is essentially about hermeneutics. The book concludes with reflections on the feminist interpretation of rabbinic texts dealing with women, and its implications for contemporary scholarship.
 

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