Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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Bible Exegesis
(15,870 words)

1. Rabbanite

Jewish scholarship in Muslim lands was deeply enriched by its absorption of Arabic and Greco-Arabic learning, which included grammar and philology, poetics, hermeneutics, history, science, and philosophy, all of which contributed profoundly to forging substantially new methods of biblical interpretation. While Scripture had long been central in Judaism, earlier interpretation was dominated by creative midra…

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Mordechai Cohen, Judit Targarona, Daniel Frank and Frank Weigelt, “Bible Exegesis”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 20 October 2019
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 2519

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