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The Northern French School Of Biblical Exegesis: The Status Quaestionis In Modern Scholarship

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Biblical commentaries Jewish (in Hebrew) as well as Christian (in Latin) have to be studied not only with regard to their exegetical method and content, but also their formal appearance. In recent years, the debate on fluctuating textual transmission, and the question of whether we can trace back the origin of a commentary to a single 'author', known or unknown, has centered around the commentaries of Rashi, R. Joseph Qara, and Rashbam. The author reopened the debate on the authorship of the commentary on the Song of Songs as found in MS Hamburg Cod. To date, academic research on 'compilatory literature' has traced the beginnings of the Northern-French commentary almost exclusively to the Christian-Latin contextual network. The Glossa Ordinaria represents the consensus patrum i.e., the proof that contemporary exegesis can not only integrate patristic traditions.

Keywords:biblical commentaries; Christian; Glossa Ordinaria; Hebrew; Jewish; Latin; Northern France; Rashbam; Rashi



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