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III. The Use of Rabbinic Sources

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This chapter discusses that Herbert's use of Jewish sources. Herbert interprets the text of Rashi's commentary on the Psalms frequently and often verbally. However strongly Rashi's commentary on the Psalms has influenced Herbert, his knowledge of other rabbinic works, including Rashi's other commentaries, seems to be rather fragmented. Behind all of Herbert's Hebrew sources stands the mediating presence of one or more contemporary Jewish scholars who helped translate and contextualise the Psalms and Rashi's commentary, and who, perhaps complemented by annotations in the Rashi text, provided additional liturgical information as well as cross-references to other biblical and Talmudic comments. With Herbert's Hebrew teacher(s), referred to as loquax meus and probably also as litterator meus, Herbert seems to have had a relationship which was collaborative and amiable enough to allow him to progress further in the knowledge of Hebrew and of rabbinic sources than any of his peers.

Keywords: Herbert; Psalm; Rabbinic sources; Rashi text; Talmudic comments



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