Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

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"This is the first comprehensive account of biblical myth and mythmaking and its Nachleben, or afterlife, in classical rabbinic literature from the Graeco-Roman period (Midrash and Talmud), and in its renaissance in Jewish mystical texts from Spain in the thirteenth century (especially the book of Zohar and its congeners)." The subject matter is taken up systematically. The book opens with an extensive introduction that takes into account prior work on the subject. In particular, it deals with the contention that myth is foreign to monotheism and ...
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Overview

"This is the first comprehensive account of biblical myth and mythmaking and its Nachleben, or afterlife, in classical rabbinic literature from the Graeco-Roman period (Midrash and Talmud), and in its renaissance in Jewish mystical texts from Spain in the thirteenth century (especially the book of Zohar and its congeners)." The subject matter is taken up systematically. The book opens with an extensive introduction that takes into account prior work on the subject. In particular, it deals with the contention that myth is foreign to monotheism and Judaism; that its occurrences in biblical and rabbinic literature are either faded fragments, metaphoric conceits, or figurative embellishments, all without any actual ontological validity; and that the occurrences in the mystical literature are the result of foreign influences. A fresh rethinking of the subject opens the way for a reconsideration of the mythic dimensions of monotheism in the Hebrew Bible and Judaism; about continuities and transformations of old themes; and about the role of exegesis in the reception and regeneration and justification of mythic topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199284207
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2005
  • Pages: 474
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction 1
I Biblical Myth
1 Introduction 31
2 Combat Myths and Divine Actions: Prayers and Prophecies of Divine Might 37
3 Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy 58
4 Conclusions and Other Considerations 63
II Rabbinic Myth and Mythmaking
5 Introduction 95
6 God and the Primordial Waters 112
7 Myths of Participation and Pathos 132
8 Myths of Divinity 160
9 Conclusions and Other Considerations 191
III Jewish Myth and Mythmaking in the Middle Ages
10 Introduction 253
11 The Primordial Serpent and the Secrets of Creation 273
12 Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile 293
13 Conclusions 301
Final Conclusions 306
App. 1 Translations from Talmudic and Zoharic Sources 315
App. 2 The Term kivyakhol and its Uses 325
Special Abbreviations for Appendix 2 402
Select Bibliography 405
General Index 419
Index of Scriptural and Other Sources 432
Selected Hebrew Terms 459
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