Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer: Structure, Coherence, Intertextuality 


In Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer: Structure, Coherence, Intertextuality Katharina E. Keim offers a description of the literary character of Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer, an enigmatic work of the late-eighth-to-early-ninth centuries CE. Katharina E. Keim explores the work’s distinctive literary features through an analysis of its structure and coherence. These literary features, when taken together with the work’s intertextual relationships with antecedent and contemporaneous Christian and Jewish (rabbinic and non-rabbinic) texts, reveal Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer to be an innovative work, and throw light on a new turn in Jewish literature following the rise of Islam.
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Biographical Note

Katharina E. Keim, Ph.D. (2014), University of Manchester, is British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute at the same university. She has published articles on Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer’s cosmology and literary forms.

Table of contents


1 Introduction

2 Background to PRE
2.1 Manuscripts and Editions
2.2 Recensional and Redactional History
2.3 Reception
2.4 Language
2.5 Content
2.6 Dating
2.7 Provenance

3 Text-Linguistic Description of PRE
3.1 Perspective
3.2 PRE as Narrative
3.3 PRE as Commentary
3.4 PRE as Thematic Discourse
3.5 The Coherence of PRE

4 Intertextuality—PRE and Other Texts
4.1 Introduction
4.2 PRE and Hebrew Bible
4.3 PRE and Rabbinic Literature
4.4 PRE and Targum
4.5 PRE and the Pseudepigrapha
4.6 PRE and Piyyut
4.7 PRE and Christian and Islamic Tradition
4.8 Conclusion: PRE and Other Texts

5 Implications of the Profiling of PRE
5.1 Implications for the Genre of PRE
5.2 Implications for the Literary-Historical Context of PRE

Appendix 205
A The Structures of PRE
B Small Forms in PRE
C Dualism of Michael and Sammael in PRE

Index of PRE
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects


All interested in the history and literature of Judaism from the first to tenth centuries, and anyone concerned with Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in this period and its literary impact.