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Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine$
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Martin Goodman and Philip Alexander

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264744

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.001.0001

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The Status Quaestionis of Research in Rabbinic Literature

The Status Quaestionis of Research in Rabbinic Literature

(p.67) 4 The Status Quaestionis of Research in Rabbinic Literature
Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine


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This chapter comments on Peter Schäfer's attempt to define the state of present-day research into rabbinic literature. It analyses Schäfer's opinion on the rabbinic text and its redaction and on the question of interrelationships between different rabbinic works. It explains that Schäfer considers these two questions to be different aspects of one problem. It argues that there is reason to doubt the redactional identity of the work and suggests that the variations found in the manuscripts conform to the hypothesis that there was one single work known as Bereshit Rabbah.

Keywords:   rabbinic literature, Peter Schäfer, rabbinic works, redactional identity, Bereshit Rabbah

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