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Haym Soloveitchik

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113997

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113997.001.0001

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The Literary Remains of the Gedol ha-Mefarshim

The Literary Remains of the Gedol ha-Mefarshim

A Study in Personal Rivalry and the Repulsion of Opposites

(p.292) Chapter Eleven The Literary Remains of the Gedol ha-Mefarshim
Collected Essays

Haym Soloveitchik

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents an extension of the author's characterization of Ravad of Posquières. It begins by studying the literary remains of the gedol hamefarshim. Passing over the talmudic commentaries, which was discussed in the previous chapter, the chapter examines the few works of Ravad that have come down to us and probes whether they have a coherent, unified text or whether every text of Ravad's oeuvre is 'open' and in flux to this day. Is there nothing stable in his literary legacy? The chapter then looks at the bitter rivalry that developed between Ravad and R. Zeraḥyah ha-Levi of Lunel, the author of the Sefer ha-Ma'or, a rivalry that consumed and embittered much of Ravad's life.

Keywords:   Ravad of Posquières, gedol hamefarshim, literary legacy, rivalry, Zeraḥyah ha-Levi, Sefer ha-Ma'or

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