Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Religion - 458 pages
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A comprehensive and systematic exploration of myth in the Hebrew Bible. In addition, Michael Fishbane examines the ongoing role of Scripture in the expansion and transformation of myth in ancient Jewish sources (Midrash and Talmud) and in the classical work of medieval Jewish mysticism (thebook of Zohar). The role of myth and monotheism is taken up, and the texts of myth are subjected to close analytical treatment, dealing with matters of form, theme, and theology. In particular, the creative role of exegesis, and its capacity to generate new myths and to justify older or pre-existentones, is explored. Aspects of continuity and discontinuity with biblical and ancient Near Eastern sources are examined, and the explosive innovations of myth in the various literary phases are considered. In exploring three major phases of Jewish culture, Michael Fishbane offers a new appreciationfor the reality of myth and its varieties. Many new conceptual and analytical categories are presented, as well as numerous close readings of the texts at hand.
 

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Contents

IV
31
V
37
VI
48
VII
58
VIII
63
IX
69
X
81
XI
82
XXV
220
XXVI
229
XXVII
251
XXVIII
253
XXIX
267
XXX
273
XXXI
275
XXXII
285

XII
93
XIII
95
XIV
108
XV
110
XVI
112
XVII
124
XVIII
132
XIX
134
XX
146
XXI
160
XXII
173
XXIII
191
XXIV
193
XXXIII
293
XXXV
296
XXXVI
301
XXXVII
306
XXXVIII
315
XXXIX
325
XL
402
XLI
405
XLII
419
XLIII
432
XLIV
459
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Michael Fishbane is Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies and Chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago

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