This theological commentary to the Rabbinic Midrash explores a simple proposition, in three parts. I. The reading of Scripture by principal parts of the Rabbinic Midrash is formed by compositions and composites that are animated by a cogent theological system. II. These primary components of the Midrash-compilations, further, are in part aimed at systematic demonstrations of theorems of a theological character. III. While forming a principal part of a large theological structure and system, each document is unique. This commentary in its concluding chapter presents what is common to the animating theology of Rabbinic Judaism in all its documentary components and what is unique to Leviticus Rabbah.
Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard as well. He also is a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ, and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Leviticus Rabbah Parashah One-Thirty Seven Chapter 4 The Rabbinic Theology Not of, but in, Leviticus Rabbah. And What Does Leviticus Rabbah Contribute to the Theology of Rabbinic Judaism? Chapter 5 Appendix: How Theological is Leviticus Rabbah?