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Qohelet Rabbah
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[German Version]

is an exegetical midrash on Qohelet. The first printed edition (1519) divided it into three major sections (sedarim); later editions have 12 chapters, corresponding to the chapters of the biblical book. It begins with an anonymous proem (peticha; preaching: VII) on a verse from the book of Proverbs, which is then used to introduce the initial words of Qohelet. The midrash then follows the structure of Qohelet, with an interpretation of all but a few verses. The work compiled numerous proems of earlier midrashim (Bereshit Rabba…

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Jacobs, Martin, “Qohelet Rabbah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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