The Midrashic Process

The Midrashic Process
Author: Irving Jacobs
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 238
Release: 1995-02-23
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 052146174X

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The purpose of this book is to re-examine those basic issues in the study of Midrash which to some extent have been marginalised by trends in scholarship and research. Irving Jacobs asks, for example, whether the early rabbinic exegetes had a concept of peshat, plain meaning, and, if so, what significance they attached to it in their exposition of the biblical text. He enquires if the selection of proemial and proof-texts was a random one, dependent purely upon the art or whim of the preacher, or rather if exegetical traditions linked certain pentateuchal themes with specific sections of the Prophets (and particularly the Hagiographa), which were acknowledged by preachers and audiences alike. As Midrash in its original, pre-literary form, was a living process involving both live preachers and live audiences in the ancient synagogues of the Holy Land, to what extent, he asks, did the latter influence the former in the development of their art and skills?

The Midrashic Imagination

The Midrashic Imagination
Author: Michael Fishbane
Publsiher: State University of New York Press
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2012-02-01
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781438402871

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This innovative and original book examines the broad range of Jewish interpretation from antiquity through the medieval and renaissance periods. Its primary focus is on Midrash and midrashic creativity, including the entire range of nonlegal interpretations of the Bible. Considering Midrash as a literary and cultural form, the book explores aspects of classical Midrash from various angles including mythmaking and parables. The relationship between this exoteric mode and more esoteric forms in late antiquity is also examined. This work also focuses on some of the major genres of medieval biblical exegesis: plain sense, allegory, and mystical.

Midrash Medicine

Midrash   Medicine
Author: William Cutter
Publsiher: Turner Publishing Company
Total Pages: 391
Release: 2011-03-25
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781580235914

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Midrash provides a revolutionary guide through the most difficult passages of our life stories. This groundbreaking volume examines the spiritual shortfalls of our current healing environment and explores how midrash can help you see beyond the physical aspects of healing to tune in to your spiritual source. Pushing the boundaries of Jewish knowledge, physicians, rabbis, social workers, psychologists and philosophers investigate the role of midrashic thinking in addressing seemingly intractable social and personal issues. Topics discussed include: How metaphors and parables can aid healing How Jewish tradition can inform and enrich health, hospice and nursing-home care New ways of reading Jewish texts in the discussion of medical ethics The role of community in addressing aging, loss and suffering.

Encyclopaedia of Midrash

Encyclopaedia of Midrash
Author: Jacob Neusner,Alan Avery-Peck
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 606
Release: 2022-11-07
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9789004531345

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The Encyclopedia of Midrash provides a systematic account of biblical interpretation in Judaism. While emphasizing the Rabbinic literature, it also covers interpretation of Scripture in a number of distinct canons, ranging from the Targumic literature and Dead Sea Scrolls to the New Testament and Church Fathers. The Encyclopedia of Midrash provides readers with a depth and breadth of treatment of Midrash unavailable in any other single source. Through the writings of top scholars in each of their fields, it sets out the current state of the question for each of the many topics discussed in its pages. The print edition is available as a set of two volumes (9789004141667).

Midrash for Beginners

Midrash for Beginners
Author: Edwin C. Goldberg
Publsiher: Jason Aronson
Total Pages: 104
Release: 1996
Genre: Religion
ISBN: UOM:39015041104798

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The author presents English readers with an easily accessible entrance into the world of Midrash, the classical rabbinic literature containing the commentaries of Jewish Tradition's greatest sages and rabbis.

Midrash the Search for a Contemporary Past

Midrash  the Search for a Contemporary Past
Author: Benjamin J. Segal
Publsiher: U'd Syn Conservative Judaism
Total Pages: 84
Release: 1973
Genre: Haggadot
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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The Classic Midrash

The Classic Midrash
Author: Reuven Hammer
Publsiher: Paulist Press
Total Pages: 544
Release: 1995
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0809135035

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This volume includes commentary and interpretation of Scripture taken from the early rabbinic masters, the Tannaim, along with a running explanation of their theological, literary and historical importance. The editing of the Tannaitic Midrashim took place in the Land of Israel in the 4th to 5th centuries C.E.

Bible and Midrash

Bible and Midrash
Author: Lieve M. Teugels
Publsiher: Peeters Publishers
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2004
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9042914262

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This two-part book traces the literary and historic study of the story of the 'Wooing of Rebekah' in the Hebrew Bible and its creative interpretations in Rabbinic Midrash. Part 1 treats such issues as the characterization of the narrative agents in the biblical story, the use of repetition as a narrative structuring device, and the question as to the roles of Rebekah and Isaac in this story as well as in the broader Isaac-Rebekah narratives. Part 2 follows several rabbinic interpretations of this story, dealing with, among other topics, the development of the motif of Rebekah's virginity in rabbinic aggadah and halakha as well as the reception of this theme in modern feminist studies of midrash. While treating these topics, this is at the same time a methodological inquiry into the dynamics of midrashic interpretation, treating rabbinic techniques such as 'gap-filling' and 'linkage', and its differences from modern biblical exegesis.