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Sustain Me with Raisin-Cakes

Pesikta deRav Kahana and the Popularization of Rabbinic Judaism

Sustain Me with Raisin-Cakes by Rachel A. Anisfeld
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History and literature come together in a new way in this study of the midrashic collection Pesikta deRav Kahana. The book combines the findings of rabbinic historians and early Christianity scholars with a close reading of this midrashic text on its own and in relation to the tannaitic midrashim which preceded it. The rich picture that emerges suggests that PRK, in its new homiletical and aggadic stance, develops a religious language more appealing and accessible to the masses, an outreach language meant to win rabbinic popularity. Exploring issues of power and rhetoric, the book also places PRK's outreach language into the cultural context of the imperialism of Roman Christian homily.
BRILL; January 2009
232 pages; ISBN 9789047442288
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Title: Sustain Me with Raisin-Cakes
Author: Rachel A. Anisfeld