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The commentary, as elaboration and interpretation of a fundamental text of Judaism, in particular of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), is the central medium of traditional Jewish literary activity. The history of the commentary begins with the earliest tendencies toward canonization in the 5th century BCE, when Ezra the Scribe first equated the "Law of God" with the…

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Adelman, Rachel, “Commentary”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 18 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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