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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 Mourners for Zion and the Suffering Messiah

The Mourners for Zion and the Suffering Messiah

Pesikta rabati 34—Structure, Theology, and Context

(p.137) Seven The Mourners for Zion and the Suffering Messiah
Midrash Unbound

Philip Alexander

Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about the Pesikta rabati 34 on the eschatological vindication of the Mourners for Zion. It analyzes the Pesikta rabati as one of the most remarkable homilies in one of the most remarkable of the rabbinic midrashim. It belongs to a series of piskaot, or ‘chapters’, composed for the seven ‘Sabbaths of Consolation’ following the Ninth of Av. This chapter also explains how the liturgical setting of the Pesikta rabati is important in giving the piska a polemical edge. The Pesikta rabati's rhetoric is strong and challenges the congregation to identify with the Mourners so as to be sure of sharing in their end-time reward. The homilies in Pesikta rabati associated with the Ninth of Av, the Piskaot 34–37, have long been regarded as a distinctive group.

Keywords:   Pesikta rabati 34, Mourners for Zion, rabbinic midrashim, piskaot, Sabbaths of Consolation, Ninth of Av, homilies

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