© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/157006307X205914 Journal for the Study of Judaism 38 (2007) 342-449 www.brill.nl/jsj Review of Books Current Trends in the Study of Midrash. Edited by Carol Bakhos. (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 106). Leiden and Boston, Brill 2006. Pp. vi, 338. Hardback. €119.00 / US$ 145.00. ISBN 90-04-13870-6. Carol Bakhos managed to engage some of the most well-known names in present- day midrash study in this collection that covers a rather wide array of approaches, but all contributions have in common a great “methodological self-consciousness” (1). Such collections (see also Teugels and Ulmer (eds.), Recent Developments in Midrash Research , Gorgias Press, 2005) may be the result of a ﬁn de siècle feeling that we need to map the enormous progress that had been made in midrash research “in the past thirty or so years” (7). In this era of post-post-modern research no one still dares to proﬀer his or her approach as the only correct one, which doesn’t mean that no ﬁrm positions are taken in this book (such as by Milikowsky). Th e ﬁrst three studies represent a recent trend to focus on diﬀerentiation within ancient Jewish
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