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Vered Tohar

Bahya Ben Asher ibn Halawa (1255–1340) is one of Spain’s renowned exegetes. His interpretation of the Torah was published in many editions and quoted by later commentators, so that his oeuvre became widely disseminated and highly influential. What makes his commentary unique is his innovation of combining it with traditions he was familiar with, including many legends. In his interpretation of Genesis 15:7, he takes an original approach, incorporating a medieval legend about our forefather Abraham that was generally quoted in non-canonic literary compositions. In this way, he contributed to the legend’s acceptance in the mainstream exegetical canon, while at the same time developing its exegetic potential even further.

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Edited by Alberdina Houtman, Tamar Kadari, Marcel Poorthuis and Vered Tohar

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Alberdina Houtman, Tamar Kadari, Marcel Poorthuis and Vered Tohar

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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.