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Cordoni, Constanza

Seder Eliyahu

A Narratological Reading

Series:Studia Judaica 100

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    Publication Date:
    August 2018
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    Aims and Scope

    The book is concerned with a so called ethical midrash, Seder Eliyahu (also known as Tanna debe Eliyahu), a post-talmudic work probably composed in the ninth century. It provides a survey of the research on this late midrash followed by five studies of different aspects related to what is designated as the work’s narratology. These include a discussion of the problem of the apparent pseudo-epigraphy of the work and of the multiple voices of the text; a description of the various narrative types which the work, itself as a whole of non-narrative character, makes use of; a detailed treatment of Seder Eliyahu’s parables and most characteristic first person narratives (an extremely unusual form of narrative discourse in rabbinic literature); as well as a final chapter dedicated to selected women stories in this late midrash. As it emerges from the survey in chapter 1 such a narratologically informed study of Seder Eliyahu represents a new approach in the research on a work that is clearly the product of a time of transition in Jewish literature.


    xv, 300 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Rabbinic literature; midrash; Seder Eliyahu; narratology

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    Constanza Cordoni, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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