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Bibil Identifier bibil:210013
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Rashbam on the Song of Songs: A Reconsideration
Title (Modern Hebrew, Long) פירוש שיר השירים המיוחס לר' שמואל בן מאיר (רשב"ם) עיון מחודש בשאלת זהות המחבר
Author Haas, Jair
Journal Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (Volume: 7)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language Modern Hebrew
Pages 127-146 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The beginning of the medieval commentary on Ecclesiastes found in Ms. Hamburg 32 is identified as “the commentary of Rabbi Shmuel.” The “Rabbi Shmuel” referred to was identified by Adolph Jellinek as R. Shmuel b. Meir (Rashbam), the famous grandson of Rashi, whom Jellinek understood to be the author of both the Ecclesiastes commentary and of the commentary on the Song of Songs immediately following it.
In his doctoral dissertation Yaakov Thompson has argued, based on comparison with Rashbam’s commentary on the Torah, that the commentary on the Song of Songs must indeed have been written by Rashbam, since numerous parallels obtain between the two commentaries, such as identical exegetical approaches, use of similar technical vocabulary, etc.
The present study sets out to demonstrate that the similarities that Thompson pointed out are no greater than the affinities that can be traced between any two Peshat commentaries written at approximately the same time in the same geographical area, and that Thompson did not succeed in proving that Rashbam authored the commentary in question. Furthermore, it can be shown that there are numerous differences, inconsistencies, and even contradictions between the two commentaries, which makes Rashbam’s authorship of the Song of Songs commentary highly improbable, if not impossible.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Middle Ages : Rashbam (1085-1158)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Song of Songs / Song of Solomon / Canticles
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