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Also in Ma’amarei HaRe’iyah (Jerusalem, 1984), 123-126. 48 There is no commentary on piska’ot 27-54, but the text resumes with brief comments on piska’ 5449 and then ends completely. In the manuscript, piska’ 27 ends at the bottom of a page, which raises the possibility that further commentary followed on subsequent pages which are now lost. 51 Conclusions The conclusion one must draw from the above investigation of the text of ‘Emek ha-Neẓiv is that a historical analysis of the content found in the printed text must be made with caution.

41 — —————————————————— CHAPTER TWO —————————————————— Chapter Two: Neẓiv as an Early Nineteenth-Century Midrash Commentator As demonstrated in the previous chapter, the young Neẓiv devoted much of his intellectual energy to the examination and explication of midrashic texts in general, and Sifre in particular. This scholarly passion, though, was not unique to Neẓiv. In fact, the study of midrashic texts, and the composition of commentaries thereon, was a salient feature of the intellectual milieu of early nineteenth-century Lithuanian Torah scholarship.

28 The letters are in cursive form, but Neẓiv generally did not attach his letters to each other. The brown color was probably black when originally applied but has lost its vibrance with the passage of time. 29 The hagahot seem to have been intended as tangential footnotes to the main commentary in a manner similar to the way in which Neẓiv’s Harḥev Davar was intended to supplement his Ha‘amek Davar on the Bible. This format was typical of Lithuanian Torah commentary, for reasons which will be explained in Chapter Three below.

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