The Evasive Center

Galit Hasan-Rokem

in Tales of the Neighborhood

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928947 | DOI:
The Evasive Center

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The tale about Hadrian, the old man, and the neighbor and her husband is one of the most diverse examples of folktales among the narratives of the Palestinian Aggadic Midrash Leviticus Rabbah. As a prime example of the sophistication of Rabbinic literature, on the one hand, it teaches the readers about the considerable efforts invested by the Rabbis in the incorporation of folk narratives into their writings, and on the other demonstrates the collapse of the dichotomy between folk literature and “high” literature in the writings. This chapter analyzes the tale, addressing explicitly the different contexts of interpretation: the literary, the genre, the comparative, and the historical.

Keywords: Hadrian; Palestinian; Job; literature; dichotomy

Chapter.  15856 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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