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Genesis in Judaism
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Classical Judaism reads the book of Genesis through the interpretative construction set forth in Genesis Rabbah, a systematic, verse-by-verse, analysis of the book of Genesis produced in the Land of Israel at ca. 450 c.e. Genesis Rabbah transforms the book of Genesis from a genealogy and family history of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, then Joseph, into a book of the laws of history and rules of the salvation of Israel: the deeds of the founders become omens and signs for the final generations.

In Genesis Rabbah the entire narrative of Genesis is so formed as to point toward the sacr…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Genesis in Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 17 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_DUM_0003>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701

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