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Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth CenturyThe Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher$
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Benjamin Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759232

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759232.001.0001

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Midrash Rabba and Its Commentaries

Midrash Rabba and Its Commentaries

(p.21) 2 Midrash Rabba and Its Commentaries
Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century

Benjamin Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the editions of Midrash Rabba printed in the sixteenth century, their readership, and the commentaries written to accompany them. It argues that commentators responded to potential difficulties in studying particular printed editions, for instance by providing readers with lists of errata or compiling glosses and corrections for printers to incorporate into reprints. A primary contribution of Abraham ben Asher to the study of midrash was the addition of extensive homiletic discourses to the Venetian text of Midrash Rabba. He thereby sought to guide readers to a correct and detailed appreciation of the sages’ expositions of the Bible.

Keywords:   Constantinople, Istanbul, Salonica, Venice, Cracow, Salonica, Matnot Kehunah, Issachar Berman, Ot Emet, Meir Benveniste

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