I am currently looking for a book that gives a thorough introduction into the Rishonim's and other Meforshim's understanding of the Chumash in their compilations and a guide to Parshanut and (Jewish) bible study in general. Any suggestions?

To be clear, I am not looking for a book that goes through various opinions of Rishonim etc on particular events recounted in the Torah but for a book which delves into the different approaches/perspectives to dealing with the text and also the different historical and sociological background's of these Rishonim and their approaches to Parshanut.

I know this is not super specific but would be appreciative of any suggestions with a short description. Thanks

  • Mikraos Gedolos? :-)
    – Dov
    Jan 18, 2022 at 10:04
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    Everything on alhatorah is fantastic. They offer detailed biographies with a focus on parshanut style, as well as many organized articles that can serve as case studies. Jan 18, 2022 at 14:26
  • @רבותמחשבות - the OP says he is looking for a book?
    – Dov
    Jan 18, 2022 at 14:33
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    @Dov that's why it's a comment and not an answer... Jan 18, 2022 at 15:44
  • I thought we had this question already but this is the closest I could find judaism.stackexchange.com/q/92329/759
    – Double AA
    Jan 18, 2022 at 17:01

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If you read Hebrew, check out this book. https://korenpub.com/products/parshanei-hamikra

It's an amazing resource.

  • Perfect exactly what I was looking for, thank you Jan 19, 2022 at 9:16

In addition to Avigayil Rock's book mentioned previously, the series Masters of the Word (currently two volumes) by Yonatan Kolatch matches what you are looking for.

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    Was going to post this myself, but you beat me to it.
    – Alex
    Jan 19, 2022 at 1:00

I think you’ll appreciate this.


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