A lost homily on Gehenna and repentance in Midrash Tehillim

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This article offers philological and conceptual analyses of a series of derashot from Midrash Tehillim which address the judgement of the wicked at the entrance to Gehinnom. The analysis shows that the version preserved in printed editions is missing a single, conceptually significant derashah. This lost derashah was preserved in just one witness, a unique manuscript of eastern provenance. This derashah, attributed to R. Berekhya, presents a unique depiction of the dialogue between God and the wicked at the entrance to Gehenna and apparently grapples with the long-standing theological tension between opposing understandings of the nature of the sentencing of the wicked to Gehenna.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-50
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Jewish Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Midrash Tehillim -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Hell in rabbinical literature
  • Free will and determinism -- Religious aspects -- Judaism


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