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Midrash UnboundTransformations and Innovations$
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Michael A. Fishbane and Joanna Weinberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113713

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.001.0001

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The Hand upon the Lord's Throne

The Hand upon the Lord's Throne

Midrashic and Targumic Perceptions of Exodus 17: 14–16

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Midrash Unbound

Robert Hayward

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explains the simultaneous translation of scriptural lections that are recited in the synagogue into the Aramaic vernacular. It discusses scriptures that are variously infused by midrashic sources or legal and theological traditions that enter its warp and woof. From the notable variety of translations, the play of Midrash can be witnessed in different settings, and its oral mediation and diverse emphases. The chapter also describes the comparison of scriptures with the classical genres of midrashic material, which provides a striking glimpse into how the Midrash was filtered and re-presented in the synagogue. It illustrates the transformation which Scripture undergoes in midrashic operations, which is different from its targumic transformations.

Keywords:   scriptural lections, synagogue, Aramaic vernacular, scriptures, Midrash, midrashic sources

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