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From exegesis to homily: Stylistic comparisons

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Part of the claim of this chapter is one of novelty, that in PRK there is the development of a new kind of midrash. The chapter explores this claim in greater depth by looking at some of the tannaitic midrashim that preceded the amoraic PRK historically. The findings of the chapter confirm the hypothesis that the tannaitic Sifre Deut at least was intended "first and foremost" to address and engage the rabbinic sages and their disciples, as we saw evidence of a school atmosphere in such forms as the intellectual debates and the large array of technical exegetical terms. Amoraic midrash, on the other hand, emerges as the more accessible of the two, and also the more obviously appealing with its vivid personal and emotional rhetorical style.

Keywords: amoraic midrash; exegesis; PRK; rabbinic sages; rhetorical style; Sifre Deut; tannaitic midrashim



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