See Shmuel David Luzzato (Shadal) on Exodus 1:15 and Nechama Leibowitz' Studies in Shemot
(Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization, 1981), pp.
Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based group that assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people, last week published a translation of Sefer Shemot
(the Book of Exodus) into Mizo, one of the main languages spoken by the B'nei Menashe living in Mizoram, India.
In his comments on Exodus 7:17, Rashi cites Midrash Tanchuma, Shemot
Rabbah 9, 8.
See, for example, Genesis Rabbah 38:12 and Midrash Tanhuma, Shemot
, siman 18.
Theodor-Albeck], as well as the near parallels in Shemot
Rabba 42:5 and Tanhuma Genesis, lekh lekha 23).
This approach is based on the idea of midreshei shemot
, "interpretations of a homiletic nature applied to the names of people and places on the basis of sound or semantic potential".
For references to the friendship between the two men, see Bereishit Raba on Genesis 27/22, and inferences based on Shemot
Raba on Exodus 10/1, and Ruth Raba on Ruth 1/8.
Jewish World (Long Island), July 19-25, 1991: 5; Midrash P'tirat Moshe, quoted by Nehamah Leibowitz, Studies in Shemot
Midrash Tanhuma, Shemot
10, implies that the narrative function of the previous verse, Genesis 24:62, Isaac had just come back from the vicinity of Beer-lahai-roi, is to add a well element to the description of Isaac meeting his future wife, as the meeting at the well is a common motif in the narratives of Jacob and Moses meeting their future wives.
In Hebrew, the Book of Exodus is called Shemot
, meaning "names.