New Book by Professor Marc Bregman : The Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature: Studies in the Evolution of the Versions - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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New Book by Professor Marc Bregman : The Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature: Studies in the Evolution of the Versions

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Monday, August 2, 2004

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The Tanhuma-Yelammedenu literature includes the two versions of Midrash Tanhuma, Exodus Rabbah (II), Numbers Rabbah (II), the two versions of Deuteronomy Rabbah, large parts of Pesiqta Rabbati and additional fragmentary versions of this popular type of homiletic midrash. The studies included in this volume include a survey of previous research, a catalogue of some 200 textual witnesses and a synoptic analysis of four versions of midrashic material to the triennial lection beginning with Exodus 7:8. The final chapter draws general conclusions about the date and provenance of the versions and presents a stratigraphic approach to the multifaceted evolution of this important genre of midrashic literature.

"Bregman's book is undoubtedly the best research ever done about the most complicated issue in the study of rabbinic literature: the Tanhuma-type Midrashim. Based on a vast knowledge of the history of rabbinic literature, an admirable power of innovation and impressive capability of synthesis, this book lays the foundations for all future scholarship of a very important stratum in the literature of ancient Judaism."

- Prof. Avigdor Shinan

"At last, an excellent exposition of the nature of the Tanhuma literature which takes into account all the textual and historical aspects of the problem"

- Prof. Chaim Milikowsky

The Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature: Studies in the Evolution of the Versions[Hebrew], published by Gorgias Press, 2003. Pages: x + 299 + double-sided photographic plate, 5 page English abstract + 3 page English translation of Cairo Geniza fragment (Cambridge University Library, T-S C1 46). Price: $65.00. ISBN 1-59333-095-2

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