Rashi's Secret Wisdom: A Guide to Proverbs
The book of Mishlei is composed of hundreds of diverse Proverbs describing a plethora of scenarios and phenomena. In this course with Dr. Lisa Fredman we will uncover the central themes of the book and see how Rashi’s commentary brilliantly creates thematic unity and turns Mishlei into a book relevant to the Medieval and Modern reader.
Rashi's Secret Wisdom: A Guide to Proverbs: Introduction: a close look at the structure of the book
In our opening class we will investigate the unique structure of the Book of Proverbs. Is Proverbs one unified book or is it composed of numerous collections? Close attention will be paid to the superscriptions in the book and Rashi’s interpretation of those headings. Additionally, Rashi’s interpretation will be compared to those of other commentaries.
Rashi's Secret Wisdom: A Guide to Proverbs: Uncovering & Understanding Rashi’s Exegetical Approach
Rashi's Secret Wisdom: A Guide to Proverbs: The Motif of the Isha Zara/Strange Woman
Extensive descriptions of the Strange Woman/Isha Zara appear four times in the opening chapters of Proverbs. We will investigate this unusual motif according to both its literal and allegorical meanings and gauge it’s impact upon Rashi’s exegesis of the whole book.
Rashi's Secret Wisdom: A Guide to Proverbs: Jewish-Christian Debate in Rashi’s Proverbs Commentary
Rashi’s Proverbs commentary contains more than 55 glosses which acknowledge and refute the dangers posed by Christianity. We will investigate the content of some of these glosses and endeavor to answer why does his Proverb’s commentary contain so much anti-Christian polemic.
Rashi's Secret Wisdom: A Guide to Proverbs: Uncovering Rashi’s sources
We will examine Rashi’s sources for his Proverb’s commentary with particular attention placed upon uncovering the sources for his peshat explanations. Understanding these sources will enlighten us not only regarding Rashi to Proverbs but regarding Rashi’s commentary to all the books of the Bible!
Rashi's Secret Wisdom: A Guide to Proverbs: The “Judaizing” of the Book of Proverbs
The book of Proverbs describes day to day life and depicts all types of people, such as: rich, poor, wise, slow, lazy and diligent. In our final session we will examine Rashi’s innovative methods for ” Judaizing” the contents of this book and thereby uncover his most important contribution regarding the study of Proverbs.
Dr. Lisa Fredman has a BA from Stern College, and an MA and PhD in Bible from Bar Ilan University. She has recently published "A Critical Edition of Rashi's Commentary to Proverbs" and is currently working on "A Critical Edition of Rashi's Commentary to the Book of Daniel". Dr. Fredman was the founding Principal of the YTA Girls' School in Jerusalem and is currently a lecturer of Bible at Efrata College, Jerusalem and the Women's Beit Midrash in Efrat.