"We Shall Glorify You, Our King": A Poetic Passage in the Second Benediction of the Grace After Meals

Avi Shmidman, Uri Ehrlich

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Abstract

The second benediction of the Jewish grace after meals is dedicated to thanksgiving. In a small portion of Cairo Genizah transcriptions of this benediction, we find a poetic interpolation containing a series of synonymous phrases expressing intent to praise and exalt God. In this paper, we consider the unique nature of this poetic passage, the theological motivation which may be reflected by it, and the parallel liturgical passages which may have influenced its formulation. In an appendix to the paper, we present a full synoptic edition of all Cairo Genizah transcriptions of the passage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn Wings of Prayer
Subtitle of host publicationSources of Jewish Worship. Essays in Honor of Professor Stefan C. Reif on the Occasion of his Seventy-fifth Birthday
EditorsNuria Calduch-Benages, Michael W. Duggan, Dalia Marx
Place of PublicationBerlin/Boston
Publisherde Gruyter
Pages317-335
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783110630282, 9783110630725
ISBN (Print)9783110629958
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameDeuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Studies
PublisherDe Gruyter
Volume44
ISSN (Print)1865-1666

Keywords

  • Cairo Genizah ; Judaism -- Liturgy -- History and criticism ; Birkat ha-mazon -- Criticism, interpretation, etc ; Prayer -- Judaism ; Berakhot -- Criticism, interpretation, etc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (all)

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