Jewish Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Exchange: Comparative Exegesis in Context
Stern, David and Natalie B. Dohrmann, editors
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008 pp. viii + 340. $65.00
Jewish Culture and Contexts
Description: Biblical interpretation is not simply study of the Bible's meaning. Historically, it has also served as a primary medium for cultural and religious exchange between the great religious traditions of the West. Focusing on moments of signal interest in the history of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptural interpretation from the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods, Jewish Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Exchange offers a unique comparative perspective. Each of the essays treats its subject in relation to the larger cultural context and to other contemporary interpretative traditions. Sources and authors examined in the book include late biblical and early postbiblical compositions, rabbinic legal and homiletical interpretation, Jerome and other early Christian exegetes, Islamic exegesis in both the Qur'an and early Muslim tradition, medieval Jewish and Christian exegetes, and biblical interpretation as evidenced in early modern illustrations of biblical scenes.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature
Review by Jeffrey L. Morrow
Citation: Jeffrey L. Morrow, review of Natalie B. Dohrmann and David Stern, eds., Jewish Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Exchange: Comparative Exegesis in Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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