Studies in the Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature


Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature enables a rare and unique look into the Jewish society of late antiquity and the early Byzantine period, especially the interaction between the beit-midrash and the synagogue cultures. This little-studied corpus is the focus of the present volume, in which various authors study historical, philological, cultural or linguistic aspects of this literature. The result is a body of work dedicated to this important corpus, and is a first step into giving it its proper place in Jewish Studies.

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Ronit Nikolsky, Ph.D. (2004), The Hebrew University, is a senior lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies and Culture and Cognition at the University of Groningen. She has published numerous articles on various aspects of rabbinic culture, and edited various volumes dedicated to Jewish culture and cognition.

Arnon Atzmon, Ph.D. (2006), Bar-Ilan University, is a senior lecturer of Talmud and Midrash Studies at that university. He has published two books and many articles on rabbinic literature, including A Critical Edition of Midrash Esther Rabbah (with Prof. Joseph Tabory; Midrash Project of the Schechter Institute, 2014) and "My Children, Read this Passage Every Year": Composition and Meaning in Pesikta De-Rav Kahana (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2021).
Arnon Atzmon and Ronit Nikolsky

1 Let Our Rabbi Teach Us: An Introduction to Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature
Ronit Nikolsky and Arnon Atzmon

Part 1: Bibliographical Survey

2 A Bibliographical Survey of Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Research: Past, Present, and Future
Marc Bregman

Part 2: Textual Findings

3 Tanhuma as a Textual Martyr: On the Reception of Tanhuma Literature in Literary and Documentary Genizah Sources
Moshe Lavee

4 The Transmission of Midrash Tanhuma in Ashkenaz as Reflected in Binding Fragments from Germany
Andreas Lehnardt

Part 3: Language and Terminology

5 The Language of the Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature: The State of Research
Yehonatan Wormser

6 “Rabbi Tanhuma Said”: A Code Phrase for the Quotation from Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature
Gila Vachman

Part 4: Sources and Parallels

7 Pesikta in the Tanhuma: The Case of Pericope Shekalim
Arnon Atzmon

8 A Tanhumaic Tradition on a Hasmonean King: Between Tannaitic Sources and the Babylonian Talmud
Tal Ilan

Part 5: Adjacent and Later Literatures

9 The Affinity between the Lost Midrash Yelammedenu and Midrash Vayekhulu
Amos Geula

10 The Provenance of Aggadat Bereshit: A Reassessment of the Origins of the Work as a “Tanhuma Satellite”
Lieve Teugels

11 Tanhuma in Masquerade: Discovering the Tanhuma in the Latter Midrash Rabbah Texts
Shalem Yahalom

Part 6: Cultural Context

12 Dramatic Dialogues in the Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Midrashim
Dov Weiss

13 Meshalim on Election and Power: Two Examples in Tanhuma Buber
Eric Ottenheijm

14 Joseph, Judah, and the Study of Emotions in Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature
Ronit Nikolsky

Part 7: Textual Witnesses

15 Survey of Textual Witnesses of the Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature
Arnon Atzmon

Index of Biblical Sources
Index of Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature
Index of Sources
Index of Modern Scholars
General Index
All libraries in Israeli universities (The Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University, Haifa University, Ariel), Jewish-Studies specialists, post-graduates of Jewish Studies.
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