Hermeneutics of Medieval Jewish Thought

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This study examines the linguistic codes in Rashi’s commentaries on the Pentateuch and Talmud, and Nachmanide’s commentary on the Torah to elucidate their goals and concepts. Through analysis of the writing characteristics and methodological foundations of both commentators, it is possible to discern their distinct approaches and attitudes toward a multiplicity of categories.


“This talented writer’s insights are crystallized and coherent. They utilize the best scholarly bibliographic sources on the subject matter in their original Hebrew and introduce a clear historical context. As such, they unfold important chapter in the framework of the ideological struggles between philosophy and mysticism in the history of Jewish thought.” - Dr. Shimon Shokek, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism, Baltimore Hebrew University

“These innovative, indeed revolutionary insights of Dr. Wiseblum’s work are a gift for scholars and lay readers alike. It is both an enjoyable read and deeply informative. ... We are fortunate to witness an opus that is touching upon philology, linguistics, history, philosophy, science, Rabbinic hermeneutics, mathematics and Aggadah, all intimately and expertly interrelated.” - Dr. David B. Levy, Librarian, Touro College

Table of Contents

Preface by David B. Levy
1 Purpose of the Research
2 General Analysis of Key Terminology in Rashi and Nachmanides: Their Historical Context and the History of Research
3 Rashi’s Use of the Term Kelomar
4 Nachmanides’ Kabbalah: Al Derech Ha-Emet and Other Hidden Kabbalistic Ideas
Selected Bibliography

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