Exegetical Imagination / Edition 823

Exegetical Imagination / Edition 823

by Michael Fishbane
     
 

Exegesis--interpretation and explanation of sacred texts--is the quintessence of rabbinic thought. In this lucid and often poetic book, Michael Fishbane discusses the nature and rationale of this interpretative process in a series of studies on ancient Jewish speculative theology. Focusing on questions often pondered in Midrash, he shows how religious ideas are… See more details below

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Exegesis--interpretation and explanation of sacred texts--is the quintessence of rabbinic thought. In this lucid and often poetic book, Michael Fishbane discusses the nature and rationale of this interpretative process in a series of studies on ancient Jewish speculative theology. Focusing on questions often pondered in Midrash, he shows how religious ideas are generated or justified by exegesis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674274624
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/30/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
1,398,676
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Midrash and the Nature of Scripture9
2"The Holy One Sits and Roars": Mythopoesis and Midrashic Imagination22
3The Great Dragon Battle and Talmudic Redaction41
4The Measure and Glory of God in Ancient Midrash56
5Midrashic Theologies of Messianic Suffering73
6Five Stages of Jewish Myth and Mythmaking86
7The Book of Zohar and Exegetical Spirituality105
8Substitutes for Sacrifice in Judaism123
9Contemplation of Death in Jewish Piety136
10Joy and Jewish Spirituality151
11The Mystery of Dance According to Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav173
Notes187
Credits232
Index233

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