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Bereshit Rabbah
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[German Version]

(Genesis Rabbah). Exegetical Midrash on the book of Genesis. Depending on the manuscript, it consists of 97 to 101 sections (“Parashot”) that usually begin with prooemia (“Petichot”) in which verses taken from other biblical books serve as the basis for the interpretation of the respective verse of Genesis quoted at the beginning of the paragraph. In addition to short explanations of words and verses, Bereshit Rabbah also includes lengthy haggadic (Haggadah), notably several parables. The dominant language (apart from Galilean Aramaic) is Hebrew, in…

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Becker, Hans-Jürgen, “Bereshit Rabbah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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