ATID Faculty Mentor, Simi Peters, Publishes Book on
"Learning to Read Midrash"
Midrash is quoted everywhere in Jewish sources, from Bible commentary
to Jewish philosophy. Rabbis, students,
educators, and scholars and refer to Midrash
often, yet it remains little understood.
Even those familiar with midrashic sources may have difficulty defining
exactly what Midrash is or understanding the connection between a
particular Midrash and the biblical text it discusses. Readers may also
find certain midrashic sources disturbingly implausible, such as the
talmudic description of the angel Gavriel affixing a tail to Queen Vashti
(Megilah 12b). Are such accounts meant to be taken literally? If not, what
are we to make of them?
Learning to Read Midrash provides a systematic approach to Midrash
study, addressing much of the confusion that attends this vital body of
Torah knowledge. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Learning to Read
Midrash defines what Midrash is, and explains how to approach it. Guided
readings of midrashim provide the reader with models for interpreting a
wide range of midrashic texts.
ATID faculty member, Mrs. Simi Peters, the author of Learning to
Read Midrash, has been teaching Tanakh and Midrash in Jerusalem for
many years. Her eclectic, scholarly approach offers readers access
to the fascinating world of midrashic teachings.
Details: Hardcover, 310 pages, ISBN 965-7108-57- 8.
For further information and to order on-line, visit the publisher's
website at: www.UrimPublications.com