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Midrash and Theory : Ancient Jewish Exegesis and Contemporary Literary Studies

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In Midrash and Theory, David Stern presents an approach to midrashic literature through the prism of contemporary theory.

As midrash--the literature of classical Jewish Scriptural interpretation--has become the focus of new interest in contemporary literary circles, it has been invoked as a precursor of post-structuralist theory and criticism. At the same time, the midrashic imagination has undergone a revival in the larger Jewish community and shown itself capable of exercising a powerful influence and hold on a new type of contemporary Jewish writing. Stern examines this resurgence of fascination with ancient Jewish interpretation from the persepctive of the cultural relevance of midrash and its connection to its original historical and literary contexts.

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Addresses issues surrounding reading midrash, the literature of classic Jewish Scriptural interpretation, and the challenges the act of reading involves, and describes the encounter of midrash scholarship with contemporary literary studies approaches such as structuralism, semiotics, deconstruction, and cultural studies. Deals with the contemporary significance of midrash in chapters on midrash and hermeneutics, forms of midrash, and midrash and theology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810111226
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: Rethinking Theory Series
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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David Stern is professor of postbiblical and medieval Hebrew literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of several books, including Parables in Midrash and Rabbinic Fantasies, and has written extensively on both classical and modern Jewish literature and on their relations to contemporary literary theory.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Midrash-Theory Connection
Chapter 1. Midrash and Hermeneutics: Polysemy vs. Indeterminacy
Chapter 2. Forms fo Midrash I: Parables of Interpretation
Chapter 3. Forms of Midrash II: Homily and the Language of Exegesis
Chapter 4. Midrash and Theology: The Character(s) of God
Notes
Index
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