By Aryeh Cohen (ed.), Shaul Magid (ed.)
Representing the spectrum of subfields inside of Jewish stories, the contributing students to this quantity use "beginnings" as a hermeneutic stance to investigate texts of their quarter. whereas every one essay is an important contribution to its personal subfield—Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah, smooth Jewish inspiration, Feminist and Cultural Studies—the essays taken as a complete current new chances for exploring the distance that's Jewish stories and starting an inquiry into what may well represent a definable hermeneutics of Jewish texts.
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Rather, like the story of Samuel, it was a beginning in the middle. 2 Chronicles 36 We come at last to the beginning that is at the end; that is, to 2 Chr 36:22–23, the last two verses in the Hebrew Bible. I emphasize “Hebrew” three biblical beginnings 15 Bible here because these verses are in the middle of the Christian Old Testament, not at its end. Indeed, even within the Masoretic tradition, Chronicles was sometimes placed at the beginning, not the end, of the Writings. 37 It may seem strange to call an ending a beginning (though biblical scholars have made stranger claims), but in this case, it is strictly accurate: The end of the book of Chronicles is the same as the beginning of the book of Ezra.
The problematic of determining authenticity subjectively is never resolved in this text but is a basic principle in hasidic literature. See Nehemia Polin, The Holy Fire, pp. 27–30. 45. This refers to the discussion in Tractate Baba Kama, which deals with civil and property law. It is often cited as a seemingly mundane dimension of Torah study yet holds as much sanctity as the loftiest discussions about God and the human soul. XXXVI beginning/again 46. Here the notion of authentic beginning is transmitted through the teacher of the text as much more than the text itself.
This is depicted in the midrashic tradition in Esau’s relationship to his father Isaac. See Genesis Raba 63:10. 36. 193b. His prophecy is described as follows, “This evil one praised Israel in a concealed manner. ]. That is, from a vision of Shadai (God). ” For an interesting reading of this passage which is founded on the notion of Balaam as deceiver, see R. Isaiah Horowitz, Shnei Lukhot Ha-Brit (Jerusalem, 1993), Vol. 5, p. 62–67. 37. On this, see Isaiah Tishby, Torat Ha-Ra ve Ha-Kelippah, (Jerusalem, 1992), pp.
Beginning Again: Toward a Hermeneutics of Jewish Texts by Aryeh Cohen (ed.), Shaul Magid (ed.)