This article presents seven new textual witnesses to Midrash Song of Songs Rabbah that were previously unknown to scholars, on account of late or inaccurate records. It begins by reviewing earlier research on the textual evidence for this midrash. It goes on to present the new findings: three manuscripts and four Cairo Genizah fragments, of various lengths and in various states of preservation. The article concludes by offering an updated list of all the textual witnesses to Song of Songs Rabbah discovered to date. These findings constitute a significant contribution to the philological study of this midrash.
Edited by Alberdina Houtman, Tamar Kadari, Marcel Poorthuis and Vered Tohar
In Religious Stories in Transformation: Conflict, Revision and Reception, the editors present a collection of essays that reveal both the many similarities and the poignant differences between ancient myths in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and modern secular culture and how these stories were incorporated and adapted over time. This rich multidisciplinary research demonstrates not only how stories in different religions and cultures are interesting in their own right, but also that the process of transformation in particular deserves scholarly interest. It is through the changes in the stories that the particular identity of each religion comes to the fore most strikingly.