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Creating Space Between Peshat and Derash : a Collection of Studies on Tanakh by Rabbi Hayyim J. Angel. Ktav, 2011.

Rabbi Angel’s new book is a collection of essays dealing with different episodes and events in the Bible, focusing on the clashes between peshat and derash in biblical interpretation. One essay tantalizingly considers the question of the clash between peshat and pesak halakhah where the legal question is in some degree dependent on the reading of the biblical text. Each essay is a self-contained unit, but read together they present a wide-ranging and deeply penetrating analysis of biblical exegesis and the theological and moral lessons that can be derived from them within the text and without. Both in content and form these essays are fascinating and thought-provoking.

Posted by Moshe Schapiro.