If you’re looking for Jewish interpretation of Scripture, you need to look elsewhere. The Midrashim (a “midrash” is a commentary on Scripture) which date from the early centuries of the Christian era as well would be the place to start.
I did not know that midrashic literature dated solely
the early centuries of the Christian era.
While I’m aware that Rashi wrote in the medieval period,
I assumed that commentaries on the Tanach pre-dated the
Further, I understand that Rashi was given to pointing out
the simple meaning of the text, which, as far as I can
understand is antithetical to midrashic technique:
What difficulty do you see with the link I gave Catholic Dude?
As I recall, commentaries by Rashi are included in that
link. What am I missing?
I understood midrashic literature to be extended, in the
sense that allegories are offered on the textual material,
as opposed to an undiluted “commentary” etc.
[see explanation of midrash, under boldface **Other Writings]
i.e. midrash on the meaning of the figures on top of the
Ark, and the “message” that contains for Israel.
More like the writings of some of the Fathers of the Church,
rather than solely exegesis.
When you’ve had a chance to look at the links I’ve provided,
I’d appreciate your thoughts.