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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 Ingathering of Midrash Rabbah

The Ingathering of Midrash Rabbah

A Moment of Creativity and Innovation

(p.347) Sixteen The Ingathering of Midrash Rabbah
Midrash Unbound

Benjamin Williams

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses the Midrash Rabbah. When Midrash Rabbah was first printed in the sixteenth century, ten midrashim of diverse chronological and geographical provenance were gathered together for the first time. Although these midrashim had circulated individually and in various combinations long before, there are no extant manuscripts of ‘Midrash Rabbah’ as a tenfold ‘anthology of midrashim’ on the Pentateuch and the Five Megillot. Rather, this composite volume was the product of two intense waves of publication of books of Midrash and aggadah that took place in the sixteenth century. These found focus first in Constantinople and then in Venice. The midrashim of Midrash Rabbah were published in both these cities, and were later reprinted in Kraków and Salonica.

Keywords:   Midrash Rabbah, midrashim, Pentateuch, Five Megillot, aggadah, Midrash

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