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Mekhilta De-Rabbi Ishmael: A Critical Edition, Based on The by Jacob Z. Lauterbach, Dr. David M. Stern

By Jacob Z. Lauterbach, Dr. David M. Stern

A JPS vintage reissue of the serious quantity, according to manuscript and early variants. Mekhilta de-Rabbi Ishmael is a vintage choice of midrash. It includes statement on a wide a part of the publication of Exodus (chapters 12 to 23) and represents the 2 major modes of interpretation: the halakhah (legal doctrine), and the aggadah (moral and non secular teachings). The paintings additionally includes allusions to ancient occasions and historical legends no longer came upon in other places. a brand new creation through famous pupil David Stern highlights the paintings, now released in a handy two-volume set. It keeps the unique textual content from the JPS 1933 variation, reset in a latest, readable typeface, with Hebrew and English on dealing with pages and the unique indexes. This vintage paintings is widely known as a version of meticulous and thorough scholarship. Its translation is actual, elementary, and usable via students, scholars, and lay readers. Out of print for a few years, it is going to be heralded as a huge reissue that are supposed to belong to each rabbi, rabbinical university, and Jewish stories professor, and may be a tremendous addition to synagogue libraries and public libraries with Judaica collections.

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Ch. VII, 1. 18, the Apparatus records the variant rnuk sunk, to the accepted reading rntba, for the latter means to indicate that the preceding statement stands correct while the former implies that the preceding statement cannot be sustained. Differences in phraseology which may be due to the differences between one school and another in the use of technical terms, such as, hbt gnua and kufh or shdn and snkn, are recorded. For they may indicate or help to determine the origin of the Midrash in question— whether it goes back to the school of Akiba or of Ishmael.

These are recorded only when they could possibly affect the meaning of the text. Hence they are recorded even when it may be apparent that the omission was due to a mistake on the part of a copyist, who skipped from one word or phrase to another similar one farther on, or that the addition was due to a mistaken repetition, by a similar error, on the part of the copyist. Of course, the editor relied on his own judgment in deciding whether a passage found in some of the sources and not in the others was to be recorded in the Apparatus as an addition, or was to be accepted into the text, the Apparatus recording that the other sources omit it.

INTRODU CTI ON TO ORIG INAL ED ITI ON ing of the same phrases and expressions, and by not following slavishly the structure of the Hebrew sentences, the translation, though not attempting to be a commentary, does give a correct interpretation of the text. Of course there are many instances where a mere translation, no matter how adequate, is not sufficient to convey the full meaning of the passage. In such instances brief footnotes supply the necessary help to a clearer understanding of the passage.

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