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Midrashic Units in the Mishnah

About the Author

Born 1960; study of Philosophy, Jewish Studies and Greek and Roman History at Frankfurt University (MA 1985); Jewish Studies at Oxford (DPhil 1989); Professor of Jewish Thought, Middle Eastern Studies, Manchester University (Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK)

Publications (selection)


  • Forms of Rabbinic Literature and Thought. An Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press
  • Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002
  • Spinozas Theorie der Religion, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1993
  • The Interpretation of Speech in the Pentateuch Targums. A Study of Method and Presentation in Targumic Exegesis, Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 1992

Edited Books

  • Studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern Texts and Traditions in Memory of Norman Calder (Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement, 12), ed. G.R. Hawting, J.A. Mojaddedi and Alex Samely, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000
  • Artefact and Text. The Re-Creation of Jewish Literature in Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts Proceedings of a Conference held in the University of Manchester 28-30 April 1992 [= theme issue of the Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 75/3 (1993)], ed. Philip Alexander and Alex Samely, Manchester: John Rylands Library, 1994


  • "Text and Time. Ten Propositions on Early Rabbinic Hermeneutics", in B. Jackson (ed.), The Semiotics of Religious Law; Special issue of International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 14/2 (2001), pp. 143-160
  • "Delaying the Progress from Case to Case: Redundancy in the Halakhic Discourse of the Mishnah", in G. Brooke (ed.), Jewish Ways of Reading the Bible (Journal of Semitic Studies Supplements, 11), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000 pp. 99-132
  • "From Case to Case: Notes on the Discourse Logic of the Mishnah", in Hawting, Mojaddedi, A. Samely (eds.), Studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern Texts and Traditions in Memory of Norman Calder (see above), pp. 233-270
  • "Scripture's Segments and Topicality in Rabbinic Discourse and the Pentateuch Targum", Journal for the Aramaic Bible 1 (1999), pp. 87-124
  • "Stressing Scripture's Words: The Use of Semantic Contrast as a Midrashic Technique in the Mishnah", Journal of Jewish Studies, 46 (1995) (=Festschrift G. Vermes), pp. 196-229
  • "Is Targumic Aramaic Rabbinic Hebrew? Reflections on the Nature of Midrashic and Targumic Paraphrase", Journal of Jewish Studies, 45 (1994), pp. 91-100
  • "Justifying Midrash: On an 'Intertextual' Interpretation of Rabbinic Interpretation", Journal of Semitic Studies, 39 (1994), pp. 19-32
  • "Writing in an (Almost) Classical Vein: The Art of Targum in an Aramaic Paraphrase of the Amidah", in Alexander and Samely (eds), Artefact and Text (see above), pp. 175-264
  • "Scripture's Implicature: The Midrashic Assumptions of Relevance and Consistency", Journal of Semitic Studies, 37/2 (1992), pp. 167-205
  • "The Interpreted Text: Among the Hebrew Manuscripts of the John Rylands University Library", Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library, 73 (1991), pp. 1-20
  • "Between Scripture and its Rewording: Towards a Classification of Rabbinic Exegesis", Journal of Jewish Studies, 42 (1991), pp. 39-67
  • "What Scripture Does Not Say: Interpretation through Contrast in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, in J. Zmijewski (ed.), Die alttestamentliche Botschaft als Wegweisung. Festschrift für Heinz Reinelt, Stuttgart: Verlag Katholisches Bibelwerk, 1990, pp. 253-283
  • "The Background of Speech: Some Observations on the Representation of Targumic Exegesis", Journal of Jewish Studies, 39 (1988), pp. 251-260
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