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Title: The Revelation of Miraculous Events Unmentioned by the Bible in Rashi's Commentary
Author(s): HIMMELFARB, L.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 72    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2015   
Pages: 302-316
DOI: 10.2143/BIOR.72.3.3115439

Abstract :
This study focuses on events that Rashi characterized as miraculous even though the text itself makes no mention whatsoever of a miracle occurring. Investigating is limited to five places where Rashi used the term 'miracle' (nes) to describe a miracle that God performed for people. The examples are presented sequentially, following the order of the Bible. In each case, I have provided the narrative background necessary to understand the text, and I have explained Rashi’s commentary on it while highlighting his reasons for introducing a miracle-event, even though it is not mentioned by the Bible. This study sheds light on the definition of the term 'miracle' according to Rashi, on the purpose of miracles and on the fact that some miracle-events seem to be derived from or have their sources in various difficulties in the biblical verse.

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