Bereshith Rabbah (The Great Genesis) is a midrash comprising a collection of rabbinical homiletical interpretations of the Book of Genesis. It contains many. Books & Judaica: Parperaot LaTora El Midrash Bereshit (H) Menajem Becker [W] – The core of Jewish thought and it cosmovision finds its. I. The Earliest Exegetical Midrashim—Bereshit Rabbah and Ekah Rabbati. (For Midrash Shemu’el, Midrash Mishle, Midrash Tehillim see the several articles.).

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Midrash Rabba Book of Genesis.

Bereishit Rabbah

Zunz holds that it was collected and edited in the sixth century. It is by these means distinguished from the tannaitic midrashim to the other books of the Torah, such as MekiltaSifraand Sifre. Every chapter of the Genesis Rabba is headed by the first verse of the passage to be explained, rl is introduced, with few exceptions, by one or more prefatory remarks starting from a verse taken from another Biblical passage as text — generally from the Writings or Ketuvim.

It must be noted here that the following Rabbot are not used: The editor of the midrash has strung together various longer or shorter explanations and aggadic interpretations of the successive passages, sometimes anonymously, sometimes citing the author.

Genesis Rabbah

Jose, the story is told of R. There are other scattered allusions to haggadic works in Talmudic-midrashic literature. This extensive and important midrash, which forms a complete commentary on Genesis, and exemplifies all points of midrashic mjdrash, is divided into sections.

Benaiah, and heard that it was to hear R. Buber, Berdychev, ; to Proverbs ed. Johanan deliver a discourse there, he exclaimed, “Praised be God that He permits me to behold the fruit of my labors during my lifetime.

He eo the governor out of the coach, and then they recognized the king. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mjdrash did the Holy One, praised be He?

I have taught him the entire Haggadah, with the exception of that on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Nathan says in the “‘Aruk” s.

But the embellishment of the sections with numerous artistic introductions — which points to a combination of the form of the running commentary with the form of the finished homilies following the type of the Pesikta and Tanhuma Midrashim — was the result of the editing of Genesis Rabba that is now extant, when the material found in collections and traditions of the haggadic exegesis of the period of the Amoraim was taken up in the midrash, and Genesis Rabba was given its present form, if not its present bulk.

The date of the redaction of Bereshit Rabbah is difficult to determine exactly; but it is probably not much later than that of the Jerusalem Talmud. Nearly all the manuscripts and editions agree in counting 96 chapters.

Hence religious truths, moral maxims, discussions concerning divine retribution, the inculcation of the laws which attest Israel’s nationality, descriptions of its past and future greatness, scenes and legends from Jewish history, comparisons between the divine and Jewish institutions, praises of the Holy Land, encouraging stories, and comforting reflections of all kinds form the most important subjects of these discourses” Zunz, “G. The tradition that Rabbi Hosha’iah is the author of Genesis Rabba may be taken to mean that he began the work, in the form of the running commentary customary in tannaitic times, arranging the exposition on Genesis according to the sequence of the verses, and furnishing the necessary complement to the tannaitic midrashim on the other books of the Torah.


The total number of the sections, both in the manuscripts and in the editions, varies from 97 to A castle with all good things, and there are no guests; what pleasure has the owner who takes his fill? For the name, composition, origin, and edition of these midrashim see special articles and Midrash Halakah.

It is a midrash comprising a collection of ancient beresuit homiletical interpretations of the Book of Genesis B’reshith in Hebrew. So the angels erred when the Holy One, praised be He, created the first man. By the method of selecting extraneous texts for the proems so many non-Pentateuchal, especially Hagiographic, verses were expounded, even in early times, in the proems to the Pentateuch homilies and interpretations, that these homilies became mines for the collectors of the non-Pentateuch midrashim.

Still more inexact and misleading is the term “Midrash Rabbah to the Five Books of the Pentateuch and the Five Rolls,” as found on the title-page of the two parts in the much-used Wilna edition. They regarded such collections as demanded by the times, beresiht paraphrasing Psalm cxix. The first chapters of Genesis, on the creation of the world and of manfurnished especially rich material for this mode of exegesis.

Mercy said, ‘Let him be created, for he will do works of mercy. Even if the editors of the midrashim combined the proems of different authors from the various homilies they had midrzsh hand, it yet seems strange that they should have been able to select for each homily several proems, including some very long ones, while they could find only mirdash limited number of interpretations to the lessons, these interpretations, furthermore, covering only a few verses.

He answered, “It means one of his ‘sides’ [not ribs], as it is written, ” [‘And for the second side of the tabernacle’; Ex. A story told in Yer. Exegetic material for use in the proems, especially the composite ones, which are often very extensive, was always at hand in abundance; and the art of the haggadist appeared in the use he made of this material, in the interesting combination, grouping, and connection of the several sentences and interpretations into a uniform structure so developed that the last member formed the fitting introduction to the exposition of the lesson proper.

At the end of the first part, in the editio princeps only, is a valuable appendix, introduced by the remark that R. But with the notoriously loose construction of the haggadic exegesis it became easy to string together, on every verse or part of a verse, a number of rambling comments; or to add longer or shorter haggadic passages, stories, etc.

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Theodor in “Monatsschrift,”pp. Perhaps the editor made use also of different collections on the several parts of Genesis. The passages were probably added at an early date, since they are not entirely missing in the older manuscripts, which are free from many other additions and glosses that are found in the present editions. The epigoni of the Haggadah flourished in the fourth and at the beginning of the fifth century, and were followed by the anonymous haggadists who preserved and revised the immense haggadic material.

But mifrash liberty wished neither to falsify Scripture nor to deprive it of its natural sense, for its object was the free expression of thought, and not the formulation of a binding law” “G. Huna, in the name of R. Let Truth rise up from earth, as it is written, “Truth shall spring out of the earth” ‘ “.

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Jonathan, said, “When Moses wrote down the Torah, he noted therein the creative work of each day; when he reached the verse, ‘And God said, Let us make man,’ he said, ‘Lord of the World, why dost Thou give cause for attack to the mdrash [heretics]?

Many quotations in the Shulchan Aruch mention the passage of Genesis Rabba by the number of the section. Abba, severely censures the reducing of haggadot to writing and the use of written haggadot, for it was in general considered that the prohibition against writing down the “words of the oral law” referred not only to halakot, but also to haggadot; for the latter in particular might be the expression of private opinions midrsh interpretations which, not being under control of the schools, were likely to lead to abuses.

He took Truth and cast her upon the ground. The Torah portions of the customary one-year cycle are not regarded at all in the divisions of Genesis Rabba, neither are they marked in the best manuscripts or in the editio princeps of the midrash; the sections, therefore, can not be regarded as midrasu subdivisions of the sedarim, as which they appear in later editions of this midrash.

Prefaces head these sections. Levi himself says that he once looked into a haggadic work “sifra di-Agadta”and he quotes numerical interpretations therefrom Yer.

Levi, that they read a Haggadah-book on the Sabbath. The following is an extract from the first proem of parashah 9 and the interpretations to Gen. Then the angels said, ‘Lord of the World, why do you curse your Truth?