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The Introductions To The Bible Commentaries

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Introductions are a major key for understanding both books and Bible commentaries. Gersonides wrote commentaries on most of the books of the Bible - the Pentateuch, the Former Prophets, and the Hagiographa (except for Psalms and Lamentations) - but not on the Later Prophets, except for a lost commentary on Isaiah. Song of Songs &t;directs only the select few toward the path that leads to the achievement of felicity. The composition of the book is explained by its goal, which is to &t;make known the way to achieve felicity.&t; In two introductions, those to Proverbs and Song of Songs, Gersonides introduces and explains the most important exegetical themes related to the book in order to prepare the reader to understand his commentary.

Keywords: Bible commentaries; Gersonides; introductions; Proverbs; Song of Songs



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