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Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yo (Edward E. Elson Classic)

Authored by W. David Nelson PhD

Publication Year: 2006

The Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai is a collection of classical midrashic interpretation of the biblical Book of Exodus. Lost for centuries, the text was reconstructed and recovered in the 19th and 20th centuries by both German and Israeli scholars from a variety of source materials, including medieval manuscripts of the text and midrashic anthologies. As one of the first collections of rabbinic biblical interpretation, the Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai is an indispensable source for understanding the history, beliefs, and practices of the earliest rabbis. This edition, translated and explicated for the first time in English by W. David Nelson, is The Jewish Publication Society's latest contribution to making ancient Jewish literature accessible to modern readers. A critical introduction provides the reader with a firm grounding in the historical setting of the text, as well as its source material, reconstruction, subject matter, and significance for understanding the history of Judaism. Set in a modern, readable typeface, the Hebrew text faces the English translation with the author's annotation beneath. Indexes include scriptural verse citations and rabbinic sages named in the text.

Published by: Jewish Publication Society

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This publication is not only the realization of my efforts, but also the result of the interest, dedication, and investment of many people. Given the range of resources and level of commitment required to produce a publication of this complexity, this project could not have come to fruition without such support. I will not be able to acknowledge by name everyone who contributed to this publication, so I begin by ...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xxix

The Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon b. Yoḥai¹ is an anthology of early Rabbinic traditions of interpretation (midrash) of the biblical Book of Exodus. The majority of the traditions it preserves were created during the tannaitic period of early Rabbinic Judaism (approximately 70–200 C.E.), although a portion of its material dates to the beginning of the subsequent amoraic period (approximately 200–500 ...

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pp. xxx-

Tractate Sanya

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pp. 2-9

Tractate Pisha

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pp. 10-79

Tractate Beshallah

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pp. 80-118

Tractate Shirata

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pp. 119-158

Tractate Vayassa

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pp. 159-183

Tractate Amalek

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pp. 184-211

Tractate Baḥodesh

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pp. 212-258

Tractate Nezikin

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pp. 259-351

Tractate Kaspa

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pp. 352-375

Tractate Shabbata

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pp. 376-382

Index of Scriptural Passages

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pp. 383-393

Index of Names

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pp. 395-396

Index of Places

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pp. 397-398


E-ISBN-13: 9780827609945
Print-ISBN-13: 9780827607996

Publication Year: 2006