Thursday, September 03, 2020

Rosen-Zvi, Between Mishna and Midrash

ANCIENT JEW REVIEW: Mishnah, Midrash, and How to Read Tannaitic Literature (Ishay Rosen-Zvi). Notice of a New Book:
Between Midrash and Mishna*: Reading Tannaitic Literature (the Open University, 2019) [Hebrew]

[*The title should read Mishna and Midrash. - JRD]

Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Tel-Aviv University
Between Mishna and Midrash is a new introduction to these two compositions. It is based on two courses (Intro to Mishnah and Tosefta and Intro to Tannaitic midrash) I have been teaching at Tel-Aviv University since 2006. I had many years of tweaking and revising the material, and so could try out several organizing principles. Ultimately, I decided that the most useful (and, as student feedback affirmed - stimulating) manner of organizing these two introductions is to tackle the puzzles that lie at the core of each of the compositions – that of the Mishna as a new Torah and that of the uniquely innovative hermeneutics of the Midrash. And there is of course a third puzzle – that of the relationship between the two works ...
This sounds like a really useful book. I hope the author and the publisher will consider an English translation.

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