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Rashbam


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French commentator to the Bible and the Talmud (d.c. 1174), called Rashbam after the initial letters of his name, Rabbi Shemuel ben Meir. Rashbam's father, Rabbi Meir, married Yochebed, daughter of Rashi. Rashbam studied with his grandfather in Troyes, France. Rashbam's commentary to the Torah has become one of the standard commentaries, taking its place beside those of Rashi and Nahmanides. Rashbam observes that Rashi had told him that if he could have had his time over again he would have put more emphasis on the plain meaning (peshat) of the text. Rashbam's aim is to explain the text in its plain meaning, though not without reference to the Rabbinic Midrash.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.


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