The study of midrashathe biblical exegesis, parables, and anecdotes of the Rabbisahas enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Most recent scholarship, however, has focused on the aggadic or narrative midrash, while halakhic or legal midrashathe exegesis of biblical lawahas received relatively little attention. In Scripture as Logos, Azzan Yadin addresses this long-standing need, examining early, tannaitic (70-200 C.E.) legal midrash, focusing on the interpretive tradition associated with the figure of Rabbi Ishmael. This is a sophisticated study of midrashic hermeneutics, growing out of the observation that the Rabbi Ishmael midrashim contain a dual personification of Scripture, which is referred to as both qtorahq and qha-katuv.q It is Yadin's significant contribution to note that the two terms are not in fact synonymous but rather serve as metonymies for Sinai on the one hand and, on the other, the rabbinic house of study, the bet midrash. Yadin develops this insight, ultimately presenting the complex but highly coherent interpretive ideology that underlies these rabbinic texts, an ideology thatacontrary to the dominant view todayaseeks to minimize the role of the rabbinic reader by presenting Scripture as actively self-interpretive. Moving beyond textual analysis, Yadin then locates the Rabbi Ishmael hermeneutic within the religious landscape of Second Temple and post-Temple literature. The result is a series of surprising connections between these rabbinic texts and Wisdom literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Church Fathers, all of which lead to a radical rethinking of the origins of rabbinic midrash and, indeed, of the Rabbis as a whole.Chapter 7 1. An earlier essay incorporates parts of the present chapter and the discussion of Qumran in Chapter 8; see Azzan Yadin, aquot;4QMMT, Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Legal Midrash, aquot; Dead Sea Discoveries 10 (2003): 130-49. 2. There is some confusion regarding ... citing the teachings of earlier Sages. Rabbi Ishmael does cite a teaching in the name of (DBQ) Rabbi 202 Notes to Pages 1 42-1 45.
|Title||:||Scripture as Logos|
|Publisher||:||University of Pennsylvania Press - 2004-06-01|