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Midrash haGadol, The Exempla of the Rabbis (Sefer Maʿasiyot), and Midrashic Works on Ecclesiastes: A Comparative Approach / מדרש הגדול, 'ספר מעשיות' ומדרש קהלת: עיון משווה

ראובן קיפרווסר and Reuven Kiperwasser
Tarbiẕ / תרביץ
כרך עה‎, חוברת ג/ד‎ (ניסן-אלול תשס"ו), pp. 409-436
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23603321
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Midrash haGadol, The Exempla of the Rabbis (Sefer Maʿasiyot), and Midrashic Works on Ecclesiastes: A Comparative Approach / מדרש הגדול, 'ספר מעשיות' ומדרש קהלת: עיון משווה
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Abstract

In the medieval period at least two midrashic works on Ecclesiastes circulated: Kohelet Rabbah (Ecclesiastes Rabbah) and Kohelet Zuta (Ecclesiastes Zuta). In addition to these two midrashim, additional midrashic traditions based on Ecclesiastes existed in late antiquity and in the early medieval period; traces of these traditions are to be found in collections and citations by medieval authors. We have discovered traces of another tradition of exegesis of Ecclesiastes, distinct from both Kohelet Rabbah and Kohelet Zuta, in the late collection The Exempla of the Rabbis (Sefer Maʿasiyot). A comparison of this collection with both midrashim on Ecclesiastes leads us to surmise that this is an independent midrashic tradition, at times more original than the better-known midrashim, while in other instances it is of a distinctly secondary nature. This is fundamentally a Palestinian tradition, but Babylonian terms affected its language. A relatively late dating may be proposed for it; further study is required to resolve the question of the sources of Sefer Maʿasiyot. We found that the editor of Midrash ha-Gadol used Sefer Maʿasiyot in his work and corrected fragments from Kohelet Rabbah according to it, so that Sefer Maʿasiyot must be older than Midrash ha-Gadol.

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