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סח, א (תשפג) 144-176
Bible. Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish Middle Ages, 600-1500
Titles of poems
Biblical scholars History To 1500
The article deals with medieval Jewish exegesis on Ps. 30. Jewish commentators found it hard to interpret the superscription of the psalm, since the superscription mentions the dedication of a house (presumably, the Temple) and it also mentions David, while the Bible explicitly says that the Temple wasn’t built in David’s time. On top of that, the commentators struggled to find a connection between the superscription and the psalm itself. The commentators tried to solve this problem in several ways, but one can discern that the commentators writing in Judeo-Arabic were beginning to realize that the psalm can be interpreted on its own, without the superscription. Yefet b. ‘Eli and Moses b. Jiqitila underscored the significance of the illness and cure motif in the psalm. Based on this approach, R. Abraham Ibn Ezra claimed that the psalm should first be interpreted on its own, as a psalm discussing a cure from illness, regardless of the superscription, and only later be linked to the superscription. Ibn Ezra’s Commentary has influenced several commentators in Christian Europe. However, none of them seems to have embraced his approach as to the centrality of cure from illness motif in the interpretation of the psalm.
אתר את הפרסום בקטלוג המאוחד של ספריות ישראל