Midrash Tehillim Archive


Midrash Tehillim (מדרש תהלים) or Midrash to The Psalms is a haggadic midrash known since the 11th century, when it was quoted by Nathan of Romein his Aruk (s.v. סחר), by R. Isaac ben Judah ibn Ghayyat in his Halakot (1b), and by Rashi in his commentary on I Sam. 17:49, and on many other passages.  This midrash is also called “Agadat Tehillim” (Rashi on Deut. 33:7 and many other passages), or “Haggadat Tehillim” (Aruk, s.v. סער, and in six other passages). From the 12th century it was called also Shocher Tov (see Midrash Tehillim, ed. S. Buber, Introduction, pp. 35 et seq.), because it begins with the verse Mishley / Proverbs 11:27, “שחר טוב יבקש רצון ודרש רעה תבואנו” The midrash contains a number of stories, legends, parables, proverbs, and sentences, with many ethical and halakic maxims. The midrash contains homilies on the Psalms and comments on single verses and even on single words. The homilies are as a rule introduced with the formula “as Scripture says.”

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