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1160–1235), who was to become the great teacher of the Hebrew language in the medieval West, and long after. Together with Rashi and Ibn Ezra he holds a reputation as one of the classical exegetes of the Jewish Bible. Like his father he combined the two strong points of the Andalusian tradition—linguistically informed peshat ̣ and rationalistic thinking—with the spiritual message of Midrash, but attained a far better mixture of these various strands. His feeling for the stylistic peculiarities of the Hebrew Bible, and his reluctance to accept the rigid allegorizing of philosophical exegesis resulted in a refined and well-balanced notion of the literal meaning of the Scriptures that appealed to many.

27*). A few examples will suffice: R. Ḥanina bar Isaac said: All the days of the year Israel is caught in transgressions and entangled in distress, but on New Year’s day they take the ram’s horn and blow it and in the end they will be redeemed by the horns of a ram, as it is written: “The Lord God will blow the ram’s horn” (Zech. 9, 14). , the Lord of Hosts will protect them” (Zech. 9, 14–15). (GenR 56, 9 (605–606)) When Isaac’s sons will be judged by You on this day (Rosh ha-Shanah)—even if they will have several accusers accusing them—just like I (Abraham) was silent without arguing with You, so You too: don’t pay attention.

Nevertheless, a categorization as the one given here (and recapitulated on different footing below Sect. 17) may help to recognize the core of the various and often amply formulated discourses that we will meet. 1 Choice It is the aim of this book to describe the various ways in which medieval Jewish Bible scholars explained the story of the Aqedah to their respective communities. Exercises of this kind have been undertaken before, be it in ways rather different from the one chosen here. Alexander Even Chen surveyed a range of mystical and philosophical interpretations of the Aqedah and opted for a decidedly theological rather than exegetical approach.

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