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Pesiqta Rabbati: A Synoptic Edition of Pesiqta Rabbati Based Upon All Extant Manuscripts and the Editio Princeps [3 Volumes]
Ulmer, Rivka, editor

Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2008 pp. liv + 1285. $173.95

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Studies in Judaism


Description: This book is a reprint of the first publication of the complete manuscript of Pesiqta Rabbati, Volumes I-III (1997-2002), a major rabbinic work from the Land of Israel from the 5th-6th century. Based upon the annual cycle of Biblical passages for the Jewish Holy Days and special Sabbaths, the text demonstrates the artful form of the rabbinic homily and the midrash method of scriptural exegesis. All extant Hebrew manuscripts as well as the 17th century editio princeps are presented here in a synoptic edition, allowing the reader to view the texts in adjacent columns without emendation. This edition contains English introductions and an index of Greek and Latin expressions, scriptural passages, exegetical terms, subjects, place names, personal names, names of Biblical figures, angels and historical figures, rabbinic authorities, as well as meshalim and ma'asim, emendations, addenda and corrigenda.

Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Other Rabbinic Works, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by Peter Tomson
Published 3/7/2010
Citation: Peter Tomson, review of Rivka Ulmer, ed., Pesiqta Rabbati: A Synoptic Edition of Pesiqta Rabbati Based Upon All Extant Manuscripts and the Editio Princeps [3 Volumes], Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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