Medieval Midrash

The House for Inspired Innovation


Medieval Midrash: The House for Inspired Innovation is the first book-length study of this under-examined genre of Jewish Literature. Mehlman and Limmer cover the history of scholarship of these curious texts and evaluate the origins, dating, and authors of Medieval Midrash. In addition to addressing such scholarly questions, Medieval Midrash illustrates its themes and judgments through the annotated translation of the six extant texts that revolve around the key figure of King Solomon. This book, whose underlying tropes speak to the continuing need for creative religious expression, will be of interest to scholars and non-academics alike.

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Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman, DHL (1973) Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, is Senior Scholar of Temple Israel (Boston, MA) and Adjunct Professor of Midrash at Hebrew Union College, New York. His publications include: The Way of Man According to Hasidic Teaching (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2012); "Midrash Jonah," CCAR Journal (Spring 1977) and A Literary Analysis of Ma'aseh Avraham Avinu 'Alav Hashalom', The Annual of Rabbinic Judaism (Brill, Leiden, 1999).

Rabbi Seth M. Limmer, DHL (2009) Hebrew Union College, New York, is Senior Rabbi of Chicago Sinai Congregation. His publications include: Et and the Imahot: a Particle of Inclusion, On Kashrut and On God [forthcoming] for the Reform Movement’s press.
Preface: What We Don’t Know About Minor Midrash
The Little We Do Know About Minor Midrash
Part I: The World of Medieval Midrash
Canon: The House of Midrash
Dating: Medieval Midrash
Traditions: Making Midrash
Part II: Six Midrashim of Solomon
Midrash Al Yithallel
An Episode concerning King Solomon
The Episode of the Ant
Parables of King Solomon
The Form of the Throne of King Solomon, Peace be upon Him
The Throne and Hippodrome of King Solomon
Conclusions: Medieval Midrash
Appendix A: “The Throne and Hippodrome of King Solomon,” Perets ben Baruch Asher Perles, Breslau, 1872
Appendix B: “Shall the Jewish Middle Man be Spared,” Vladimir Jabotinsky, July 18, 1930
All those interested in Jewish literature (scholars and non-academics alike) will gain an appreciation of its growth and expansion through the prism of Medieval Midrash: The House for Inspired Innovation.