This book describes how medieval Jewish Bible scholars tried to answer the question of what is meant in the Angel’s message from God to Abraham: ‘Now I Know’, as written in Genesis 22 verse 12. It examines their comments on the the story of Abrham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac, the Aqedat Yiṣḥaq.
After introductions on the rabbinic material and on medieval Jewish Bible exegesis, it offers translations and analyses of the classical commentaries, informing the reader of the many angles from which the Aqedah topos was read. They illustrate the growth and development of Jewish Bible exegesis in dialogue with the rabbinic sources and with the various trends of thought and theology of their times. The concentration on the Aqedah constitutes a unifying theme that greatly advances our understanding of the various developments in medieval Jewish Bible exegesis.
Author: Albert van der Heide.
SPRINGER, 2017 (XVII, 504 p. 20 illus.) AMSTERDAM STUDIES IN JEWISH PHILOSOPHY, vol. 17 – ISBN 978-3-319-47520-2 / ISBN 978-3-319-47521-9 (eBook)