By Marc Hirshman
Compares Rabbinic midrash and Patristic exegesis in overdue antiquity and gives an creation to many of the sorts of Patristic literature. by means of evaluating interpretations of the Hebrew Bible through Jews, Christians, and Gnostics in past due Antiquity, this booklet presents a special viewpoint on those spiritual pursuits in Palestine. Rival interpretations of the early Church and the Midrash are set opposed to the backdrop of the pagan critique of those religions and the gnostic chance that grew inside of either Christianity and Judaism. The comparability of the exegetical works of Christianity and Judaism illuminates the later improvement of the 2 religions and provides clean perception into the Bible itself
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After the Sabbath he brought him up. " The Jew's answer is that the work performed by God during the sabbath is well within the range of labor halakha allows on this day. Last, we will consider to what extent the "pagan's" arguments overlap those of Justin in the Dialogue. The language of the source, then, is inconclusive as to whether it reflects a tannaitic account of a conversation that, if it did take place, was probably conducted through a translator or in Greek! Akiva's final answer invites different readings, to which we now turn.
12 Note the transition between the Mekhilta, "draw the hearts of people," and Rashi, who sees it as appealing to women and to the uneducated. The study of midrash from this perspective, however, is only just beginning, and I try to further discussion of this question in the following chapters, by way of a comparison with Christian works. ) Midrashic creativity will be found to include suggestions of poetry, some limited vestiges of public sermons, and "exegesis" proper—the trademark of Midrash.
Page 32 The 142 chapters of the book can be divided into four sections: 1. The "chance" meeting between Justin and Trypho wherein Justin recounts his diverse philosophical encounters, culminating in the revelation of the "old man," who taught him that Christianity is the only true philosophy. 2. Chapters 10–47: Justin "proves" to Trypho, that the laws given to the Jews are not incumbent on Christians. 3. Chapters 48–107: Jesus is the Messiah. 4. It is essential to begin with a sketch of the characters taking part in the dialogue and their literary roles.