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By Benjamin Williams

published versions of midrashim, rabbinic expositions of the Bible, flooded the marketplace for Hebrew books within the 16th century. First released via Iberian immigrants to the Ottoman Empire, they have been later reprinted in huge numbers on the recognized Hebrew presses of Venice. This examine seeks to make clear who learn those new books and the way they did so by means of turning to the numerous commentaries on midrash written throughout the 16th century. those leading edge works demonstrate how
their authors studied rabbinic Bible interpretation and the way they expected their readers might accomplish that. Benjamin WIlliams focuses rather at the paintings of Abraham ben Asher of Safed, the Or ha-Sekhel (Venice, 1567), an elucidation of midrash Genesis Rabba which includes either the author's own
interpretations and likewise the statement he mistakenly attributed to the main celebrated medieval commentator Rashi. Williams examines what's recognized of Abraham ben Asher's lifestyles, his position one of the Jewish students of Safed, and the booklet of his e-book in Venice. via analysing chosen passages of his statement, this examine assesses how he make clear rabbinic interpretation of Genesis and guided readers to right interpretations of the phrases of the sages. A attention of why Abraham ben
Asher released a remark attributed to Rashi exhibits that he sought to lend authority to his programme of learning midrash via together with interpretations ascribed to the main recognized commentator along his personal. by way of analysing the creation and reception of the Or ha-Sekhel, as a result, this work
illuminates the recognition of midrash within the early glossy interval and the origins of a convention that is now well-established-the learn of rabbinic Bible interpretation with the suggestions of commentaries.

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