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The commentaries written by Joseph Seniri in the early thirteenth century are didactic works whose main objective is the study and the explication of the biblical text. Joseph Seniri follows the Provençal tradition of Jewish exegesis which combines the teachings of northern France with those of Spain. It is possible that he developed his commentary from a basic exegetical substratum, especially in the final chapters of the book of Judges. Seniri was also aware of Samuel ha-Naggid's grammatical thought to which he makes implicit reference. This genre, quite common at the turn of the thirteenth century, and exemplified by the writings of Moses ben Sheshet and Menahem ben Simeon is also one of the components of the David Qimḥi's commentary. The great originality of Joseph Seniri lies in his sensitivity to poetic passages in the Bible, a quality nurtured in a family known for its skill in writing liturgical poems.

Keywords: Jewish exegesis; Joseph Seniri; Menahem ben Simeon; Moses ben Sheshet



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