Simeon the Righteous in Rabbinic Literature: A Legend Reinvented
Leuven: Brill, 2013 pp. viii + 249. $149
Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, 84
Description: In Simeon the Righteous in Rabbinic Literature: A Legend Reinvented, Amram Tropper investigates the rabbinic traditions about Simeon the Righteous, a renowned Jewish leader of Second Temple times. Tropper not only interprets these traditions from a literary perspective but also deploys a relatively new critical approach towards rabbinic literature with which he explores the formation history of the traditions. With the help of this approach, Tropper seeks to uncover the literary and cultural matrices, both rabbinic and Graeco-Roman, which supplied the raw materials and literary inspiration to the rabbinic authors and editors of the traditions. Tropperís analysis reveals that in reinventing the legend of Simeon the Righteous, the rabbis constructed the Second Temple past in the image of their own present.
Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism, History of Interpretation
Review by Joshua Schwartz
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Amram Tropper, Simeon the Righteous in Rabbinic Literature: A Legend Reinvented, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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