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Title: The ‘Aramean’ of Deuteronomy 26:5: Peshat and Derash
Authors: Steiner, Richard
Cogan, Mordechai
Eichler, Barry L.
Tigay, Jeffrey H.
Keywords: אבד
Deuteronomy 26:5
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Eisenbrauns
Citation: Steiner, R. (1997). The 'Aramean' of Deuteronomy 26:5: Peshat and Derash. In M. Cogan, B. L. Eichler, & J. H. Tigay (Eds.), Tehillah le-Moshe: Biblical and Judaic Studies in Honor of Moshe Greenberg (pp. 127-138). Eisenbrauns.
Abstract: “The ideal reader treats the book as full of significance. . . . Ultimately, the holistic interpreter is animated by a respect for his cultural heritage that takes the form of a prejudice in favor of the ancient biblical author-editors and their transmitters. He requires more than a theoretical cause before discounting and disintegrating their products.” 1 These are among the many methodological principles Moshe Greenberg attempted to impart to me as a student. May the Holy- One-Blessed-Be-He account it to him as if he had been successful. The words ארמי אבד אבי at the beginning of the declaration of the ̃first fruits (Deut 26:5) have puzzled exegetes since ancient times. Who is the ארמי ‘Aramean’, and who is אבי ‘my father’? What is the meaning of אבד ? What is the subject and what is the predicate of the clause? How is it connected to the clauses that follow it: “He went down to Egypt and sojourned there with meager numbers, but there he became a great, mighty, and populous nation”
Description: Scholarly chapter
ISBN: 9781575065052
Appears in Collections:Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS): Faculty Publications

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