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Biblical Myth And Rabbinic Mythmaking


Table Of Contents
Part One. Biblical Myth
1. Introduction
2. Combat Myths And Divine Actions
3. Personalization And Historicization Of The Combat Motif
4. Conclusions And Other Considerations

Part Two. Rabbinic Myth And Mythmaking
5. Introduction
6. God And The Primordial Waters
7. Myths Of Participation And Pathos
8. Myths Of Divinity
9. Conclusions And Other Considerations

Part Three. Jewish Myth And Mythmaking In The Middle Ages
10. Introduction
11. The Primordial Serpent
12. Divine Sorrow And The Rupture Of Exile
13. Conclusions
14. Final Conclusions

Additional Info
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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SKU (ISBN): 9780198267331
ISBN10: 0198267339
Michael Fishbane
Binding: Cloth Text
Published: July 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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