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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198266995.001.0001

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Aggadic Exegesis in the Historiographical Literature

Aggadic Exegesis in the Historiographical Literature

(p.380) 13 Aggadic Exegesis in the Historiographical Literature
Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Michael Fishbane (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Treats the topic of aggadic exegesis in the historiographical literature, notably the books of Samuel‐Kings and Chronicles. A broad range of theological topics are considered. Among these are the various reinterpretations and reuses of the notion of Torah; new theological explanations of problematic topics (e.g. dealing with divine wrath; or apparent human ritual fault); new understandings of the theological background of historical events; and also attempts to locate the historical event of certain psalms, through complex linguistic correlations. Altogether, it shows later historians to be active and involved readers of the earlier traditions, and with an active concern to ‘set the record straight’ by deft amendment or clarification or revision of issues.

Keywords:   historiography, Psalms, study, superscriptions, theological transformations, Torah

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