Encyclopaedia of Midrash: Biblical Interpretation in Formative Judaism
edited by Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery-Peck
SBL Press, 2016
Paper: 978-0-88414-129-7
Library of Congress Classification BM514.E53 2016


Now in Paperback!

The Encyclopedia of Midrash provides readers with a deep, broad treatment of midrash unavailable in any other single source. Through the writings of top scholars in each of their fields, it sets out the current state of the question for the many topics discussed throughout the two-volume set. The encyclopedia treats interpretations of Scripture that came to closure prior to, or outside of, the framework of rabbinic midrash: Hellenistic Jewish midrash, Josephus, Pseudo-Philo, Jubilees, as well as to the New Testament, Karaite and Samaritan writings, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.


  • Paperback format of an essential Brill hardcover reference set

  • A general introduction to rabbinic midrash and its traits

  • Discussion of rabbinic midrashic documents focused on specific books of Scripture, the theology expressed by rabbinic midrashic compilations, and the historical context in which rabbinic Midrash took shape

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