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The Challenge of Received Tradition: Dilemmas of Interpretation in Radak's Biblical Commentaries

Naomi Grunhaus


During the medieval period of intense Bible study, one of the most vexing problems facing Jewish interpreters of the Hebrew Bible was how to forge ahead using the new interpretive strategy of uncovering the plain, contextual meaning (peshat), without neglecting revered ancient rabbinic modes of interpretation (derash). This book investigates the ubiquity and necessity of derash‐type interpretations in the biblical commentaries of Radak (R. David Kimhi, c. 1160–1232), a preeminent thirteenth century exegete, analyzing the standard structures in his commentaries with their consistent juxtapositi ... More

Keywords: peshat, derash, Radak, David Kimhi (Qimhi), narrative, legal, rabbinic tradition, challenging, interpretation, Bible, exegete

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199858408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Grunhaus, author
Yeshiva University