The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies invites you to a lecture by Dr. Lisa Fredman: Rashi’s Biblical Commentaries: Can We Know What Rashi Actually Wrote?


Date and Time: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Location: Belfer Hall, Room 1214. 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10033

The lecture will show how the printed text of Rashi’s commentaries we have today is the product of a complex development. It will demonstrate various types of interpolations into what we now have as “Rashi”: anonymous interpolations and the signs to detect them, interpolations explicitly attributed to other interpreters (such as R. Joseph Qara or Rashbam), and interpolations of Rabbeinu Shemaiah, Rashi’s secretary.

Dr. Fredman received her BA from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and her MA and PhD in Bible from Bar-Ilan University. Her doctoral thesis, A Critical Edition of Rashi’s Commentary to Proverbs, will be published this year. She is currently working on a critical edition of Rashi’s commentary to the Book of Daniel. Dr. Fredman has lectured at Bar-Ilan University and Herzog College.

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