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Deuteronomy Rabbah
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[German Version]

A homiletic Midrash of the Tanhuma collection, also known as Devarim Rabba, derived from the opening phrase Eleh ha-devarim (“these are the words”). There are major differences in the manuscripts (MS Oxford 147 et al.) and published texts (Constantinople 1512; Venice 1545).

The previously common late dating (11th/12th cent. ce) depends too much on the additions from later phases of the transmission of the text. The beginning of the long process of compilation and redaction is, however, to be dated much earlier (5th cent. ce?) because of linguistic and content sim…

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Becker, Hans-Jürgen, “Deuteronomy Rabbah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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