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Order In the Bible
The Arrangement of the Torah in Rabbinic
and Medieval Jewish Commentary

סדרת The Institute for Jewish Bible Interpretation – Sources and Studies
By Isaac Gottlieb
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Order In the Bible: The Arrangement of the Torah in Rabbinic and Medieval Jewish Commentary examines ideas about biblical order in the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, and Nahmanides against the background of the Midrashic tradition. On the face of it, the arrangement of portions in the Torah is chronological, but closer examination reveals more than a few discrepancies. The Midrash sometimes responded by saying that ``There is no ‘earlier’ and ‘later’ in the Torah`` (en muqdam ume`uhar ba-Torah) -- the order of the Torah is not always chronological.

This response left the reader facing unexplained juxtapositions of chapters and verses. In some of the cases, the sages asked, lama nismekha, “Why were these two portions juxtaposed?” Usually, they sought to connect the unconnected stories and verses in the midrashic fashion, by adding to the events of the stories or by taking the second unit as the outcome of the first and deriving therefrom some moral teaching. Occasionally, however, we find an attempt to answer the question of juxtaposition in terms that might be considered closer to the peshat method of explication.
Moving in the direction of the peshat, medieval Jewish exegetes tried to explain biblical arrangement of both narratives and law based on thematic, associative, or literary links. Their attempts resulted in new ideas about the ordering of the Torah.
This book contains hundreds of references to juxtaposition and non-chronological arrangements cited in the writings of the above commentators. These examples are put into the framework of each commentator`s general approach to interpretation and his particular sense of biblical order.

Co-published with The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Jerusalem

Title Details
Danacode: 110-10582
ISBN: 978-965-226-389-6
Categories: Biblical Studies The Institute for Jewish Bible Interpretation- Sources and Studies
Published: March 2009
Edition: First
Language: Hebrew
900 gr
480 pages

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Review-Parashat Hshavua
Review-World Union of Jewish Studis` vol.44

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