Aggadic Exegesis in the Historiographical Literature

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198266990
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600593 | DOI:

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Aggadic Exegesis in the Historiographical Literature

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Treats the topic of aggadic exegesis in the historiographical literature, notably the books of Samuel‐Kings and Chronicles. A broad range of theological topics are considered. Among these are the various reinterpretations and reuses of the notion of Torah; new theological explanations of problematic topics (e.g. dealing with divine wrath; or apparent human ritual fault); new understandings of the theological background of historical events; and also attempts to locate the historical event of certain psalms, through complex linguistic correlations. Altogether, it shows later historians to be active and involved readers of the earlier traditions, and with an active concern to ‘set the record straight’ by deft amendment or clarification or revision of issues.

Keywords: historiography; Psalms; study; superscriptions; theological transformations; Torah

Chapter.  13717 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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