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A Rivalry of Genius
Jewish and Christian Biblical Interpretation in Late Antiquity
A Rivalry of Genius
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Marc Hirshman - Author
SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion
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Hardcover - 179 pages
Release Date: November 1995
ISBN10: 0-7914-2727-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2727-9

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Release Date: November 1995
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Compares Rabbinic midrash and Patristic exegesis in late antiquity and provides an introduction to the various forms of Patristic literature.

By comparing interpretations of the Hebrew Bible by Jews, Christians, and Gnostics in Late Antiquity, this book provides a unique perspective on these religious movements in Palestine. Rival interpretations of the early Church and the Midrash are set against the backdrop of the pagan critique of these religions and the gnostic threat that grew within both Christianity and Judaism. The comparison of the exegetical works of Christianity and Judaism illuminates the later development of the two religions and offers fresh insight into the Bible itself.

Marc Hirshman
teaches midrash, talmud, and Rabbinic thought at the University of Haifa, the Hebrew University, and Oranim. He is a fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.


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Table of Contents

Preface

1. Biblical Interpretation in Its Late Antique Context

2. The Core of Contention: "They Are Not Israel … We Are Israel"

3. On Oratory and Writing: Exegete, Preacher, and Audience in Antiquity

4. The Exegetical Debate: Justin Martyr and the Dialogue with Trypho the Jew

5. The Ideological Contest: The Dialogue Between Jews and Gentiles in Genesis Rabbah

6. The Dialogue with Trypho and the Mekhilta: Selected Comparisons

7. Passover and the Exodus in Origen's Writings and Rabbinic Midrashim

8. Love and Holiness: The Midrash on Song of Songs and Origen's Homilies

9. The Midrash on Ecclesiastes and Jerome's Commentary

10. Christian and Rabbinic Writings: An Overview

Epilogue

Appendix One: Approaches to the Study of Midrash in Rabbinic and Christian Writings

Appendix Two: Methodological Remarks on Polemics and Midrash

Notes

References

Name Index

Subject Index



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