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By Robert A. Harris

Parallelism is mostly thought of the “marker” dividing prose and poetry in historic Semitic literature, together with the Bible. via their publicity to Judeo-Islamic scholarship sure Sephardic medieval thinkers got here to appreciate this precept. Harris counters the final assumption that the northern French commentators (the so-called “School of Rashi”) didn’t comprehend parallelism in biblical composition. the idea relies at the French commentators’ immersion within the midrashic literature of rabbinic Judaism, which didn't realize parallelism, as a substitute realizing every be aware of the Hebrew Bible as containing a facet of the divine message in its personal correct. additionally, in contrast to the exegetes and grammarians of the Judeo-Islamic global, the northern French students didn't compose treatises on poetics. The e-book heavily examines the extant biblical commentaries of the northern French exegetes. All citations of rabbinic literature are provided either within the unique Hebrew and the author’s English translations. The booklet is addressed not just to these students drawn to the background of biblical interpretation, yet with its shut literary readings of biblical and rabbinic texts additionally appeals to these drawn to synchronic figuring out of the Bible.

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Turning his eye to the biblical concept of “day and night,” Rashbam interprets Gen 1:5 (sjòtè oOh reècø-hvÞhÌuð crëgè-hvÞhÌuð , “There was setting, there was dawning: one day”33) as demonstrating that Scripture’s day begins at sunrise. , that morning [that came at the end] of the night when dawn broke—at that point one day was completed of those six mentioned by the Holy One, 32. ” 33. ” 43 BJS \ 140341 \ Harris \ FOR PRESS Friday, May 06, 2005 1:09:09 PM Color profile: Generic CMYK printer profile Composite Default screen 28 Discerning Parallelism Blessed be He, in the Decalogue (Exod 20:11).

Whereas if he had set his heart on the word of the Lord, he would have searched after the meaning of the matter and its contextual explanation—and in doing so would have fulfilled that which is written: If you seek it as you do silver, and search for it as for treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and attain knowledge of God (Prov 2:4–5) . . 20. See Grossman, The Early Sages of France, 171. Grossman also describes the larger and more significant contribution of Rashi’s disciple Shemaiah in the transmission of Rashi’s commentaries; see esp.

18. , Commentary on Ezekiel and the Twelve Minor Prophets of Eliezer of Beaugency (Warsaw: Mikize Nirdamim, 1913), xxiii–xxxix (Hebrew). Further references to this important essay will be cited as Poznanski, Eliezer of Beaugency. For more recent scholarship, see the comprehensive historical treatment offered by Grossman, The Early Sages of France, 254–346. A survey of important issues in Kara’s commentaries may be found in Gershon Brin, Studies in the Exegesis of R. Joseph Kara (Tel Aviv: University of Tel Aviv, 1990) (Hebrew).

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