• A Muʿtazilī Hexaemeron? Authorship, structure and genre of the commentary known as "Bereshit Rabbah" ascribed to Yeshuʿah ben Yehudah

    Author(s):
    Gregor M. Schwarb (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Jewish Studies
    Subject(s):
    Twelfth century, Thirteenth century, Fourteenth century, Biblical interpretation, Jews--Study and teaching
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Translators, copyists, and interpreters: Jews, Christians, and Muslims and the transmission of the Bible in Arabic in the Middle Ages
    Conf. Org.:
    J.P. Monferrer-Sala (University of Córdoba), University of Córdoba
    Conf. Loc.:
    Córdoba, Casa Árabe
    Conf. Date:
    26-28 April 2017
    Tag(s):
    Functional Cosmology, 11th to 14th century, Jewish studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6QF85
    Abstract:
    The paper revisits the arguably most conspicuous example of a Jewish Muʿtazilī Hexaemeron in Arabic. Its 11th century Byzantine Hebrew translation bears the title “Bereshit Rabbah” and attributes the work to Yeshuʿah ben Yehudah (fl. 1040-1070) whose authorship has been questioned in recent scholarship. Based on a reconstruction of all extant fragments of the Arabic original and the Hebrew translation, I will reconsider the questions of authorship, textual structure and literary genre and assess to what extent it is justified to compare this commentary/homilies on Parashat Bereshit with specific types of Hexaemeron-compositions.
    Notes:
    Extract from "Bereshit Rabbah" (see abstract) concerning the discussion of the term חשך (darkness).
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