Tanḥum b. Joseph ha-Yerushalmi (d. 1291, Fusṭāṭ, Egypt) was a rigorous linguist and philologist, philosopher and mystic, and a biblical exegete of singular breadth. As well as providing us with an insight into the inner world of a profound and original thinker, his oeuvre sheds light on a Jewish historical and cultural milieu that remains relatively poorly understood: the Islamic East in the post-Maimonidean period.
A Philosopher of Scripture: The Exegesis and Thought of Tanḥum ha-Yerushalmi, Raphael Dascalu presents the first detailed intellectual portrait of Tanḥum ha-Yerushalmi. Tanḥum emerges as a polymath with a clear intellectual program, an eclectic thinker who brought multiple traditions together in his search for the philosophical meaning of Scripture.
Raphael Dascalu (PhD, University of Chicago, 2016) is an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses primarily on medieval Judaeo-Arabic thought and literature.
Acknowledgments Note on Translations and Transliteration
Tanḥum Ha-Yerushalmi’s Life and Works
Tanḥum’s Biblical Exegesis in Context
Tanḥum’s Commentary to the Book of Jonah
Tanḥum’s Commentary to Qohelet
Tanḥum’s Commentary to the Song of Songs
Appendix A: Tanḥum Ha-Yerushalmi’s Commentary to the Book of Jonah: Introduction and Esoteric Commentary
Appendix B: Tanḥum Ha-Yerushalmi’s Introduction to His Commentary on Qohelet
Appendix C: Tanḥum Ha-Yerushalmi’s Introduction to His Commentary to the Song of Songs
Focuses on history of Jewish philosophy and biblical exegesis. Of interest to scholars and post-graduate students in Jewish and Islamic philosophy, Bible, and biblical exegesis. Suitable for university libraries.