'Virgil in the Basket': Narrative as hermeneutics in Hebrew literature of the Middle Ages

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Abstract

This chapter emphasizes the continuity of central ideas over many centuries. Despite tremendous innovation and change within the literature, it persuasively connects folkloric motifs from a medieval Hebrew folktale with classical images from Jewish tradition. It addresses the question of the authority of narrative texts as historical documents as well as the question of narrative hermeneutics - in all its force and seriousness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScriptural Exegesis
Subtitle of host publicationThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191709678
ISBN (Print)9780199206575
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2009

Keywords

  • Folktale
  • Jewish history
  • Jewish tradition
  • Narrative texts
  • The book of memory

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