A Philosopher of Scripture

The Exegesis and Thought of Tanḥum ha-Yerushalmi

Author: Raphael Dascalu
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.
In 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.

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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.
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1 Tanḥum Ha-Yerushalmi’s Life and Works

2 Tanḥum’s Biblical Exegesis in Context

3 Tanḥum’s Commentary to the Book of Jonah

4 Tanḥum’s Commentary to Qohelet

5 Tanḥum’s Commentary to the Song of Songs

Concluding Remarks

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.