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Shemot Rabbah
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Shemot Rabbah, a haggadic midrash on Exodus in two parts; also called Exodus Rabbah. Part 1 (parashot 1–14) is an exegetical midrash on Exod 1–10 (supplementing the Mekhilta beginning with Exod 12); its division into sections follows the Palestinian sequence of pericopes, each introduced by a proem. The commentary is based largely on Midrash Tanchuma, adapting and supplementing its text on the pericopes while also drawing on the Talmud Bavli. Part 2 (parashot 15–52) is a homiletical midrash on Exod 12–40, based on the Palestinian lectionary cycle. It …

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Becker, Hans-Jürgen, “Shemot Rabbah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124846>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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