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A Conceptual Commentary on Midrash Leviticus Rabbah: Value Concepts in Jewish Thought.

Kadushin, Max.

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ISBN 10: 1586841017 / ISBN 13: 9781586841010
Published by Classics in Judaic Studies Global Publications Binghampton University, Binghampton, New York, 2001
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Octavo, paper covers, xxxiv, 253 pp. Introduction by Jacob Neusner. "Max Kadushin's 'System,'" by Charles Kadushin. Foreword by Avraham Holtz. Bookseller Inventory # 38672

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Title: A Conceptual Commentary on Midrash Leviticus...

Publisher: Classics in Judaic Studies Global Publications Binghampton University, Binghampton, New York

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softbound

Book Condition:Very Good

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In this book Kadushin examines each rabbinic text or sequence of homilies in order to uncover specific value concepts which are reflected in them either explicitly or implicitly. After skillfully revealing these value concepts, he proceeds to elucidate them in light of the midrashic context under consideration, and then discusses their meanings and significance within the entire rabbinic value complex. These explications, based upon Kadushin's conceptual approach, clarify the frequently obscure nexus between the biblical citations, which initially served as verbal stimuli, and the rabbinic comments, which appear to be so far removed from them. Furthermore, Kadushin adroitly demonstrates the similarities and differences in meaning and nuance between the distinctive levels of usage, particularly when analyzing rabbinic texts in which conceptual terms are employed. In addition, Kadushin's notes underscore the organismic relationship and interdependence of all rabbinic value concepts, highlight the indeterminacy of belief and the genuine emphatic trends that distinguish rabbinic Judaism. His notes also call attention to the special character of the rabbinic religious experience which he had earlier described as normal mysticism.

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