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Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer
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A late semi-midrashic work dating from the eighth and ninth centuries, Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer (Heb. The Chapters of R. Eliezer) is distinguished from the majority of midrashic compilations by its coherent style, structure, and content. It retells the biblical narrative from the story of the creation (Gen. 1) to Miriam’s leprosy (Num. 12), with expansive digressions on related themes (e.g., repentance, marriage, the calendar) or to associatively connected biblical texts (e.g., Jonah, Esther). In contrast to classical midrash, Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer does not offer anthologica…

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Moshe Lavee, “Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0017660>
First published online: 2010

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