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Lamentations Rabbah (Rabbati)
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(Ekha Rabba[ti]). An exegetical midrash on the book of Lamentations, divided into over 30 prooemia and five major sections. The verse-by-verse interpretation sometimes includes extensive narratives, especially concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, since Lamentations is read and interpreted in the synagogues on the 9th of the month of Ab (Av), the day on which the destruction of the temple is commemorated. Along with Bereshit Rabbah (Gen.R.), Lam. Rab. is the oldest exegetical midrash of Palestinian Judaism. The process of its compilation and …

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Becker, Hans-Jürgen, “Lamentations Rabbah (Rabbati)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04184>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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