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Rashi's Commentary on the Torah: Canonization and Resistance in the Reception of a Jewish Classic

Eric Lawee


Rashi’s Commentary on the Torah explores the reception history of the most important Jewish Bible commentary ever composed, the Commentary on the Torah of Rashi (Shlomo Yitzhaki, 1040–1105). The Commentary has shaped perceptions of the meaning of the Torah, Judaism’s foundation document, among leading scholars, lay readers, and initiates in Jewish learning for more than nine centuries. The Commentary has benefited from enormous scholarly attention but analysis of diverse reactions to this work has been amazingly scant. Viewing the Commentary’s path to preeminence through a wide array of religi ... More

Keywords: Rashi, Judaism, Torah, commentary, exegesis, midrash, medieval, reception history, canonization, Maimonides

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190937836
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190937836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Lawee, author
Professor, Bar-Ilan University