Wayyiqra Rabba, a homiletic midrash on Leviticus. It comments only on the initial verses of the individual pericopes in Leviticus. It also compiles various literary homilies (proems or petichot) on the same verse, drawing a thematic arc from a quotation from the hagiographa to the verse in Leviticus being interpreted. At the same time, the composition of individual sections seeks to establish a unity of content. The midrash was probably compiled in Palestine during the 5th century; it exhibits parallels to Bereshit Rabbah and the Talmud (III) Yerushalmi.
Wayyiqra Rabba(166 words)
Cite this pageJacobs, Martin, “Wayyiqra Rabba”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_224025>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013
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