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Question 3.29:
What are the Midrashim on the Five Megillot (aka The So-Called Rabbot)?


Lamentations Rabbah

As noted in Section 3.27, Lamentations Rabbah is exegetical midrash on Eichah (Lamentations). It contains verse by verse expositions, simple lexical explanations and also many parables and stories. It contains many stories about the destruction of the Temple, the crises under Trajan and Hadrian, and the Bar Kokhba revolt. It draws upon the Mishna, Tosefta, Mekhilta, Sifra and Sifre.

Midrash Shir haShirim (Song of Songs Rabbah)

An allegorical interpretation of 'Song of Songs'. Written sometime between the 3rd and 6th century.

Midrash Ruth

Exposition of the book of Ruth, redacted around 500.

Midrash Kohelet (Ecclesiastes Rabbah)

An exposition of the book of Ecclesiastes, written in the 8th century.

Midrash Ester (Haggadat Megillah)

An exposition of the book of Ester, written around 500 CE.

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