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The Ancestors' Prayers For The Salvation Of Israel In Early Rabbinic Thought

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The patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are key figures in the world of rabbinic prayer. This chapter explores the amplification and refinement of the concept of 'patriarchal merit' in the world of early rabbinic prayer. A greater number of amoraic sources reflect and develop new aspects of the notion that the ancestors pray for the salvation of Israel (e.g., LevR 30:3; EsthR 7:13; ExodR 15:26). The ancestors are envisioned as continuing to pray for the redemption of Israel throughout the generations, until its final realization. First developed in the context of sporadic individual and public prayer in times of trouble, at a later stage this concept became institutionalized on special occasions, and eventually on a daily basis. The traces of this process are particularly distinct in the Babylonian Talmud.

Keywords: Abraham; Babylonian Talmud; early rabbinic prayer; Isaac; Jacob; salvation of Israel



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