The Status Quaestionis of Research in Rabbinic Literature


in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264744
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734663 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Status Quaestionis of Research in Rabbinic Literature

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This chapter comments on Peter Schäfer's attempt to define the state of present-day research into rabbinic literature. It analyses Schäfer's opinion on the rabbinic text and its redaction and on the question of interrelationships between different rabbinic works. It explains that Schäfer considers these two questions to be different aspects of one problem. It argues that there is reason to doubt the redactional identity of the work and suggests that the variations found in the manuscripts conform to the hypothesis that there was one single work known as Bereshit Rabbah.

Keywords: rabbinic literature; Peter Schäfer; rabbinic works; redactional identity; Bereshit Rabbah

Chapter.  6026 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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