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Some Observations On St. Jerome's Hebrew Questions On Genesis And The Rabbinic Tradition

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St. Jerome is pre-eminent as the most learned in Hebrew language and Jewish tradition, and the most sensitive towards their ramifications for his own textual and exegetical work. The extent of his knowledge of Jewish tradition, and the many points of contact which he shows with items preserved in the Rabbinic writings, have often attracted attention. One might turn to Jerome's Hebrew Questions on Genesis (Heb. Quest.) in hopes of discovering something fairly substantial and reliable about the state of Jewish Bible exegesis in his day. This chapter attempts to undertake a close analysis of Jerome's comments on one chapter of Genesis, being especially concerned to relate his remarks to such Jewish material as is available for comparison. The chapter chosen is Genesis 14, which is rich in expository potential and includes matters of theological importance for Jews and Christians alike.

Keywords: Bible; Christians; Genesis; Hebrew Questions on Genesis (Heb. Quest.); Jewish tradition; rabbinic writings; St. Jerome



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