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Introduction

Naomi Grunhaus

in The Challenge of Received Tradition

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858408
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979899 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858408.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction provides a concise, general overview of the development of the peshat method and considers the basic dilemma facing medieval Jewish biblical commentators regarding rabbinic interpretations. It defines the terms peshat and derash, and presents a brief intellectual biography of Radak, explaining the rationale for using him as a case study of the conflict between the two modes. The chapter situates the book and its agenda in light of the existing scholarly literature and outlines historical factors—the intellectual environment in Provence, the views of his predecessors, and the extent of his rabbinic stature—which affected his approaches to rabbinic interpretations.

Keywords: Radak; peshat; derash; Provence; rabbinic stature; scholarly literature; biblical commentators; rabbinic interpretations

Chapter.  5103 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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