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Bibil Identifier bibil:210015
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Commentary on Proverbs in MS Vatican Ebr. 89 and the Early Exegesis of Radak
Author Berger, Yitzhak
Journal Jewish Studies, an Internet Journal (Volume: 7)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 205-252 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Umberto Cassuto was the first to argue that Radak is the author of the commentary on Proverbs found in MS Vatican 89. Frank Talmage later confirmed Cassuto’s position and published the commentary as that of Radak. Recently, Naomi Grunhaus noted a fair number of disparities between this work and other works of Radak, and forcefully challenged the claim of Kimhian authorship. The present study, however, supports the attribution of the work to Radak.
The article shows that earlier arguments in favor of the attribution are stronger than they might appear, and introduces new parallels, both substantive and terminological, to Radak’s works. Furthermore, the commentary’s introduction suggests that it is its author’s first exegetical work, and in fact most of the distinct features of the Proverbs commentary appear to reflect the exegetical and stylistic preferences found in Radak’s other early compositions. In particular, several features of the Proverbs commentary match those of Radak’s commentary to Chronicles, which is widely considered to be early. Indeed, the author’s exegetical tendencies most closely resemble those found in the especially early versions of Radak’s Chronicles commentary which are preserved in two manuscripts.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Proverbs
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Comprehensive Studies : Jewish Exegesis
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