Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Role of 'Peshat' - Rashbam and HaRambam

Listen to last night's class, "The Role of 'Peshat' - Rashbam and HaRambam," here.

Follow along with the sources here.

For further research:

1) Much of the class was based upon Mordechai Z. Cohen's article, "A New Look at Medieval Jewish Exegetical Constructions of Peshat in Christian and Muslim Lands: Rashbam and Maimonides," in the recently-published Regional Identities and Cultures of Medieval Jews. Read it here.

2) We referenced a past class regarding Rashbam and Ibn Ezra's respective approaches to  peshat when it contradicts Hazal's halakhic derashot. Read R. Amon Bazak's discussion of this issue on the VBM website here

See, as well, R. Bazak's discussion of peshat and derash in the thought of HaRambam and his son R. Avraham here.

3) We discussed, at length, HaRambam's famous words at the beginning of Hil. Ishut, regarding kidushei kesef. Read a summary of many of the prominent approaches to this issue on the VBM website here.