Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Religion - 458 pages
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This is a comprehensive study of myth in the Hebrew Bible and myth and mythmaking in classical rabbinic literature (Midrash and Talmud) and in the classical work of medieval Jewish mysticism (the book of Zohar). Michael Fishbane provides a close study of the texts and theologies involved and the central role of exegesis in the development and transformation of the subject. Taken up are issues of myth and monotheism, myth and tradition, and myth and language. The presence and vitality of myth in successive cultural phases is treated, emphasizing certain paradigmatic acts of God and features of the divine personality.
 

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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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