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Elements and Characteristics of Megillat ha-Megalleh

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The most well-known feature of Megillat ha-Megalleh is the great number of eschatological calculations it contains. To read Megillat haMegalleh expecting it to be written in a coherent manner, the book needs to be approached as a whole, taking into account each element in the context of both the structure of the work and of the other elements found in the book. For this purpose, the chapter addresses in a preliminary fashion, both the structure of the work and the different elements the author uses. For each element, it discusses the previous research that is either directly or methodologically relevant, and also offers preliminary remarks on Bar Hiyya's approach to this element, estimating the role of each element in the work, and raising any crucial questions that have to be addressed in the deeper study of the text.

Keywords: Bar Hiyya; Megillat ha-Megalleh



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