Bible and Midrash: The Story of "The Wooing of Rebekah" (Gen. 24)

Voorkant
Peeters Publishers, 2004 - 246 pagina's
This two-part book traces the literary and historic study of the story of the 'Wooing of Rebekah' in the Hebrew Bible and its creative interpretations in Rabbinic Midrash. Part 1 treats such issues as the characterization of the narrative agents in the biblical story, the use of repetition as a narrative structuring device, and the question as to the roles of Rebekah and Isaac in this story as well as in the broader Isaac-Rebekah narratives. Part 2 follows several rabbinic interpretations of this story, dealing with, among other topics, the development of the motif of Rebekah's virginity in rabbinic aggadah and halakha as well as the reception of this theme in modern feminist studies of midrash. While treating these topics, this is at the same time a methodological inquiry into the dynamics of midrashic interpretation, treating rabbinic techniques such as 'gap-filling' and 'linkage', and its differences from modern biblical exegesis.
 

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Preface and Acknowledgments
7
Colometric Translation of Genesis 24
13
Methodological Orientation and Introduction
25
Events Plot and TypeScene in Genesis 24
45
Genesis 2224
59
Characterization in Genesis 24
91
A Matriarchal Cycle?
119
Conclusion of Part 1
131
The Formal Study of Midrash
151
Three
171
Gap Filling and Linkage in the Midrash on
183
The Virginity of Rebekah in Halakhah and Aggadah
193
The Virginity of Rebekah in Halakhah and Aggadah
213
Conclusion of Part 2
227
Indices
241
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