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Rewritten Bible And Rabbinic Midrash As Commentary

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In the course of comparing and contrasting the varied forms of early scriptural interpretation, one distinction has become increasingly important: between those writings which blur, if not efface, the boundary line between received scripture and its interpretive retelling, and those which maintain, even highlight, that line, so that the interpretive relation of the one to the other can be displayed, and even contested. This chapter examines one passage from the earliest rabbinic midrash to the book of Deuteronomy, the Sifre, in its initial comments on Deut 6:4, which from late Second Temple times to the present has had a central role in Jewish liturgy and belief as the Shema declaration.

Keywords: Bible; Deuteronomy; rabbinic midrash



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