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.
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).
Preface 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
Bibliography Index of Biblical Sources Index of Tanhuma-Yelammedenu Literature Index of Sources Index of Modern Scholars General Index
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