Genesis Rabba, (Breshit Rabba in Hebrew), is a religious text holy to classical Judaism. It is a midrash comprising a collection of ancient rabbinical interpretations of the book of Genesis; this text was compiled in the 4th or 5th centuries. Also known as Bereshith. The Modern Hebrew language is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family. ... For a discussion of Jews as an ethnicity or ethnic group see the article on Jew. ... Midrash (pl. ... Rabbi (Classical Hebrew רִבִּי ribbī; modern Ashkenazi and Israeli רַבִּי rabbī) in Judaism, means teacher, or more literally great one. The word Rabbi is derived from the Hebrew root-word RaV, which in biblical Hebrew means great or distinguished,. In the ancient Judean schools the sages were addressed as רִבִּי... Genesis (Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin) is the first book of the Torah (five books of Moses) and hence the first book of the Tanakh, part of the Hebrew Bible; it is also the first book of the Christian Old Testament. ...
GenesisRabba (Bereshit Rabba in Hebrew) is a religious text holy to classical Judaism.
Every chapter of the GenesisRabba is headed by the first verse of the passage to be explained, and is introduced, with few exceptions, by one or more prefatory remarks starting from a verse taken from another Biblical passage as text — generally from the Writings or Ketuvim.
The principle of division followed in the sections of GenesisRabba was evidently that of the Biblical text itself as fixed at the time of the compilation of this midrash, in accordance with the open and closed paragraphs in the Hebrew text of Genesis.
Both a Christian text, Origen’s third century Homilies on Genesis, and a Jewish text, the fifth century compilation of earlier midrash Bereshit Rabba, shall be considered as influential early exponents of their respective exegetical traditions as well as indicative of theory and practice within the broader context of common Judeo-Christian exegesis.
Second, the exegetical theory of the Bereshit Rabba shall be considered, as it may be determined from the text itself as a whole, from the component authors of the text, and as it relates in its theory to that of Origen.
Finally, in contrast to Origen, who naturally emphasizes in the course of his exegesis (both in theory and in practice) a new revelation regarding the Scripture, backed by the authority of Christ and the apostles, the authority claimed by the rabbis is that of tradition.
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