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This chapter of Pesikta deRav Kahana (PRK) begins with an analysis of the text and progresses to examine its literary and historical context. The characteristics of PRK highlighted in the chapter may not be as strongly represented in other amoraic texts. The author finds inklings of PRK's love and intimacy already present in some tannaitic texts. In addition to statistical analysis and historical scholarship, the author has also attended closely to what the PRK texts are saying about themselves. The chapter explains how rabbinic Judaism was transformed from an academic sect to a popular religion. While there were surely many factors in the popularization of rabbinic Judaism, this book identifies the role played by aggadic midrash generally, and more specifically, by the type of intimate indulgent rhetoric employed in PRK.

Keywords: aggadic midrash; amoraic texts; historical context; intimate indulgent rhetoric; Pesikta deRav Kahana (PRK); rabbinic Judaism



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