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This volume contains selected proceedings of the Midrash Section sessions convened during the 2012-2014 meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature. It is comprised of contributions by leading and emerging scholars that share a common focus on Rabbinic biblical interpretation as it intersects with a range of biblical texts and associated fields of study, including: Jewish legal literature; Hellenistic Judaism; post-biblical interpretation; biblical commentary; liturgical studies; and, cultural studies. The contributions explore how the study of Midrash illuminates and informs an array of topics, such as: race and slavery in antiquity; myth and theology in biblical tradition; reason and rationalism in the Hebrew Bible; inner-biblical interpretation; and, literary and form analysis.
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W. David Nelson is chair of the Department of Religion and Ethics at Groton School. Rivka Ulmer is Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Bucknell University. They serve as chairs of the Midrash Section for the Society of Biblical Literature. They have both published widely in the interdisciplinary area of Jewish Studies, particularly in the field of Midrash.
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