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Ruth Rabbah
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Ruth Rabbah, haggadic Midrash on the book of Ruth, also called Midrash Ruth, commenting on the text verse by verse, sometimes word by word. Originally it was divided into four parts, each introduced by a proem; these correspond to sections 1–3, 4–5, 5–7, and 8 in the printed edition. Ruth Rabbah has much textual material in common with the rabbinic compilations of the Palestinian tradition (esp. the Talmud Yerushalmi [Talmud: III]), but consistently draws on it to comment on Ruth. The midrash originated in Palestine in the 5th or 6th century.


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Becker, Hans-Jürgen, “Ruth Rabbah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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