Rashi’s Rebellious Grandson – Rashbam
Hosted By: London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS)
For many Jews, Rashi’s Torah commentary is the final world. Curiously, his own grandson and disciple wrote a commentary that challenges Rashi’s readings of the biblical texts on almost every page. Rashbam (Rabbi Samuel ben Meir; c. 1080-c. 1165) was not a religious rebel, but he allowed himself surprising liberty when it came to interpreting the text. In many ways, his approach – taking a fresh look at the peshat, the plain meaning of the text without the traditional Jewish interpretations – is similar to that of modern critical scholars.
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