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Tales of the NeighborhoodJewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity$
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Galit Hasan-Rokem

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234536

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234536.001.0001

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The Evasive Center

The Evasive Center

Hadrian, the Old Man, the Neighbor, and the Rabbinic Rhetoric of the Empire

(p.86) FOUR The Evasive Center
Tales of the Neighborhood

Galit Hasan-Rokem

University of California Press

The tale about Hadrian, the old man, and the neighbor and her husband is one of the most diverse examples of folktales among the narratives of the Palestinian Aggadic Midrash Leviticus Rabbah. As a prime example of the sophistication of Rabbinic literature, on the one hand, it teaches the readers about the considerable efforts invested by the Rabbis in the incorporation of folk narratives into their writings, and on the other demonstrates the collapse of the dichotomy between folk literature and “high” literature in the writings. This chapter analyzes the tale, addressing explicitly the different contexts of interpretation: the literary, the genre, the comparative, and the historical.

Keywords:   Hadrian, Palestinian, Job, literature, dichotomy

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