Isaac on Jewish and Christian Altars: Polemic and Exegesis in Rashi and the Glossa Ordinaria

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INTRODUCTION

1. Christopher De Hamel, Glossed Books of the Bible and the Origins of the Paris Booktrade (Suffolk: Brewer, 1984), xiii.

2. The classic study of the role of the akedah, the binding or near-sacrifice of Isaac, for Jewish Crusade-era martyrs is Shalom Spiegel, The Last Trial: On the Legends and Lore of the Command to Abraham to Offer Isaac as a Sacrifice: the Akedah (Woodstock: Jewish Lights, 1993).

3. For examples see Avraham Grossman, “The School of Literal Jewish Exegesis in Northern France,” in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament ed. Magne Sæbø vol 1, part 2, V1, Pt 2, From the beginnings to the Middle Ages (until 1300) (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000), 321–371.

4. For a study of Rashi’s influence on Herbert, see Deborah L. Goodwin, Take Hold of the Robe of a Jew: Herbert of Bosham’s Christian Hebraism (Leiden: Brill, 2006).

5. See Rainer Berndt, “The School of St. Victor in Paris,” in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament V 1, Pt 2, From the Beginnings to the Middle Ages (until 1300) (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000), 467–495.

6. See Herman Hailperin, Rashi and the Christian Scholars (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1963). Also see Deanna Copeland Klepper, The Insight of Unbelievers: Nicholas of Lyra and Christian Reading of Jewish Text in the Later Middle Ages (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).

7. Bereshit Rabbati is on Genesis alone. R. Moses the Darshan may have also written a commentary on Numbers. See H. Albeck, ed., Midrash Bereshit Rabbati le-R. Moshe HaDarshan (Jerusalem: Mosad HaRav Kuk, 5727 [1940]), 5.

8. Grossman, “Literal Jewish Exegesis,” 348

9. Grossman, “Literal Jewish Exegesis,” 323.

10. Grossman, “Literal Jewish Exegesis,” 356.

11. Grossman, “Literal Jewish Exegesis,” 359.

12. Eliezer of Beaugency was a student of Rashbam’s. Robert A. Harris, “The Literary Hermeneutic of Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency” (Ph.D. Diss., The Jewish Theological Seminary, 1997).

13. Beryl Smalley, “Gilbertus Univeralis, Bishop of London (1128–34), and the Problem of the Glossa Ordinaria,” Recherches de théologie ancienne et medievale, 7 (1935) 235–262 and 8 (1936) 24–60. Smith, The Glossa Ordinaria: The Making of a Medieval Bible Commentary (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 28–31.

14. Smith, Glossa Ordinaria, 200–205.

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