The Kabbalistic Remez and its status in Namanides' commentary on the Torah

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Namanides' commentary on the Torah, in which he combined literal, midrashic, and kabbalistic comments side by side, is one of the best known and most influential exegetical works of the Middle Ages. This article concentrates on the esoteric exegesis in this commentary and argues that Namanides' kabbalistic interpretation employs two types of exegesis - perush and remez - each of which represents a separate hermeneutic approach and thus a different reading of the biblical text. Focusing on the innovative and less familiar remez approach, the article describes its essence, characteristics, and the historical context of its emergence.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Bible commentaries
  • Kabbalah
  • Namanides
  • medieval Jewish literature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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