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Kabbalistic midrashic work on Genesis, part of Exodus, and a few sentences of Numbers ascribed to R. Eliezer b. Hyrcanus.

i INTRODUCTION § 1. SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE BOOK AND ITS HISTORY The book usually designated rz[ yla @ rd yqrp, Pirkê de Rabbi Eliezer ( Chapters of Rabbi Eliezer), is not the least important of the Rabbinic Pseudepigrapha. The attention recently given to the study of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha has, to a certain extent, been limited by the neglect of the Rabbinic side of the subject. The only Hebrew works translated in the magnificent Oxford edition of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha are the Pirkê Aboth and the Fragments of a Zadokite Work. The selection of these two books is singularly unfortunate, since neither belongs to the Pseudepigrapha proper. More appropri-ate would have been the inclusion in the afore- mentioned corpus of such works as the Othijoth de Rabbi ‘ Akiba or the Pirkê de Rabbi Eliezer, now presented, for the first time, in an English translation. The name of the writer of the book is unknown. The putative author is Rabbi Eliezer, son of Hyrkanos, who lived in the latter half of the first century C. E. and in the first decades of the second century. He was famous on account of his great erudition, but in spite of his reputation as a scholar he was ultimately excommunicated. Was it on account of this very fact that the actual writer of our book deliber-ately selected the name of this famous master in Israel as its supposed author? In many respects the book is polemical and unorthodox— polemical in opposing doctrines and traditions current in certain cir-cles in former times, unorthodox in revealing certain mysteries which were reputed to have been taught in the school of Rabban Jochanan   C h a p t e r Home  | I n d e x

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HALF-TITLE PAGETITLE PAGECOPYRIGHT PAGEDEDICATION PAGECONTENTSINTRODUCTION§ 1. SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE BOOK AND ITS HISTORY§ 2. PLAN AND CONTENTS OF THE BOOK§ 3. OUR BOOK IN JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN LITERATURE§ 4. P.R.E. AND TALMUD, TARGUM, MIDRASH, ZOHAR, AND LITURGY§ 5. P.R.E. AND THE PSEUDEPIGRAPHA AND APOCRYPHA§ 6. P.R.E. AND PATRISTIC LITERATURE§ 7. DATE AND ORIGIN OF P.R.E.§ 8. POLEMICAL TENDENCY IN P.R.E.§ 9. THEOLOGY OF P.R.E.ABBREVIATIONS EMPLOYED IN NOTESTHE CHAPTERS OF RABBI ELIEZER THE GREAT1NOTEINDEX OF SUBJECTS AND NAMESINDEX OF OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES
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