Thursday, 5 February 2015

Elena Narinskaya: The Figure of Moses in the Exegetical Wrtitings of Three Abrahamic Religions

The aim of this presentation is to illustrate the possibility of considering certain exegetical traditions within the early writings of Jewish, Christian and Muslim origin as parts of a common tradition of biblical exegesis.
In order to illustrate the main argument of this presentation, a number of stories from the life of Moses will be selected and their development in the writings of Jewish midrashim, Christian exegesis and in the Qur'an will be analysed. For the purpose of the research, therefore, three main primary sources will be singled out. They will include the Hebrew biblical narrative of Exodus, the Syriac commentaries on Exodus by an early Christian exegete, St Ephrem the Syrian, and the Arabic illustrations of the story of Moses in the Qur'an.
The outcomes of a comparative analysis of three selected primary sources together with the peripheral writings of rabbinical midrashim and Arabic tafsirs of the Qur'an will allow the possibility to reaffirm the main argument of this presentation that there is a way of looking at the development of the exegetical tradition in Judaism, Christianity and Islam as a common tradition of biblical interpretation of the Old Testament narrative.
This presentation is a continuation of previous scholarship in the field, such asG.S. Reynolds or B.M. Wheeler. This presentation strives to offer its original contribution by setting the precedent of historical chronological approach as a methodological solution to/for the argument of common tradition of biblical exegesis, which spread across the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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