Biblical Myth And Rabbinic Mythmaking

Paperback | March 24, 2005

byMichael Fishbane

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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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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 monotheis...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:474 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:March 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Biblical Myth1. Introduction2. Combat Myths and Divine Actions: Prayers and Prophecies of Divine Might3. Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy4. Conclusions and Other ConsiderationsII. Rabbinic Myth and Mythmaking5. Introduction6. God and the Primordial Waters7. Myths of Participation and Pathos8. Myths of Divinity9. Conclusions and Other ConsiderationsIII. Jewish Myth and Mythmaking in the Middle Ages10. Introduction11. The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation12. Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile13. Conclusions14. Final Conclusions