Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking
By (author) Michael A. Fishbane
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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking by Michael A. Fishbane
Book DescriptionThis is 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 (the book 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-existent ones, 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 appreciation for 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198267331
(242mm x 164mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael A. Fishbane
Sacred Attunement, Paperback (September 2010)
Intends to renew Jewish theology for our time, in the larger context of modern and postmodern challenges to theology and theological thought in the broadest sense. After introducing his hermeneutical theology, the author focuses on modes of self-cultivation for awakening and sustaining a covenant theology.
Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking, Paperback (March 2005)
A comprehensive study of myth in the Hebrew Bible and myth and mythmaking in classical rabbinic literature and in the classical work of medieval Jewish mysticism. Here, the author provides a close study of the texts and theologies involved and the central role of exegesis in the development and transformation of the subject.
Exegetical Imagination, Paperback (October 1998)» View all books by Michael A. Fishbane
Exegesis - interpretation and explanation of sacred texts - is the quintessence of rabbinic thought. In this text, Michael Fishbane delineates the connections between biblical interpretation and Jewish religious thought.
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Author Biography - Michael A. Fishbane
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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