Daily Archives: April 1, 2011

Neusner on Approaches to Comparative Midrash

I read the Appendix to Jacob Neusner’s Comparative Midrash: The Plan and Program of Genesis Rabbah and Leviticus Rabbah.  The Appendix is entitled “The Two Principal Theories of Comparative Midrash.”  Actually, however, Neusner discusses three scholars: Rene Bloch, Geza Vermes, … Continue reading

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Concluding Thompson’s Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives

I finished Thomas Thompson’s Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives. On page 325, Thompson defends the first millennium B.C.E Israelite Period as the historical setting for the composition of the stories about the patriarchs.  At the earliest, Thompson dates the stories … Continue reading

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