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(εξήγησις; exḗgēsis)

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A. Judaism

The Jewish exegesis, which started within the biblical texts themselves in the form of explanatory glossaries and extrapolations in antiquity served to bring up to date the traditions of the sacred scriptures ( Bible). In early Judaism, biblical stories were retold (known as the ‘Rewritten Bible’), e.g. the ‘Book of Jubilees’ (c. mid 2nd cent. BC) or the Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (c. end of the 1st cent. AD). These retellings fill in narrative gaps in the biblical…

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Ego, Beate (Osnabrück) and Rist, Josef (Würzburg), “Exegesis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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