Book Review: The Name Of The Mekilta

Reblogging for future reference:

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Name Of The Mekilta, by Jacob Zallel Lauterbach

This may be one of the most odd books that I have ever reviewed, in that it consists of material that the author would have put in the introduction to a book that I have already read and reviewed (review forthcoming) but with space limitations decided to write independently.  While that might be odd enough, it is even more odd that the material that makes up this book is itself a discussion about why the book in question (the Mekilta de-Rabbi Ishmael) as the title it does.  Most of the time, the title of a book is not an issue.  Authors choose a title, and the title is either shortened or remembered as the author would wish.  Yet titles in the ancient world are not as straightforward as this, and this book is a reminder that titling a work and having…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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