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The forms of Prk’s preaching: Exegesis turned homiletical

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The rabbis who talk about their new intimate, indulgent rhetoric, are conscious of its novelty and the purpose and process of creating such a rhetoric. The rhetoric itself, though, has not really been analyzed. Yes, this new way of speaking is like offering good treats to a beloved or like the luxurious foods one gives a sick child home from school, but what exactly are these treats? How do they function in the midrash? How does this "not-school" rhetoric work? How does God come down to earth in these midrashim? This chapter deals with these questions, examining the style of rhetoric developed in these midrashim through an analysis of four of its most frequently used forms, the petihta, the mashal, the amar hakadosh barukh hu ("The Holy One blessed be He said") statement and the interpersonal dialogue.

Keywords: amar hakadosh barukh hu; creative exegesis; homiletical tools; mashal; midrashim; Pesikta Derav Kahana's (PRK) preaching; petihta; rabbis; rhetoric



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