Midrash Tanḥuma in the Islamic Cultural Milieu
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Midrash Tanḥuma (sometimes also called Yelammedenu) is the name given to a family of homiletical midrashic works on the Pentateuch. Its earliest versions were probably produced in Palestine of the Byzantine period, prior to the Muslim conquest. However, the Midrash continued to evolve after the Muslim conquest and was disseminated in a variety of editions, some of which absorbed features and elements that represent the cultural tendencies, as well as the literary preferences, of the Jews in Islamic lands at the turn of the first millennium. The c…

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Moshe Lavee, “Midrash Tanḥuma in the Islamic Cultural Milieu”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 19 June 2018
First published online: 2010

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