What Is Midrash Rabbah on Genesis and Why Does It Matter?
Friday, 6 August, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm AEST
A research seminar at 1.00pm presented by Rev Dr Kris Sonek.
Genesis Rabbah, the oldest midrashic commentary on the first book of the Bible, is usually dated to the first half of the 5th century AD. Its content and imagery often surprises the reader, while its enigmatic message yields a flurry of interpretations. The first objective of this seminar is to introduce rabbinic literature and some rules of rabbinic interpretation to readers unfamiliar with this type of biblical commentary. Secondly, a few chosen examples of the midrash on Genesis will be used to discuss points of convergence between rabbinic and patristic interpretation in late antiquity and to show the relevance of the midrash to modern readers.
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