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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198267339.001.0001

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Conclusions and Other Considerations

Conclusions and Other Considerations

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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking


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This chapter begins with a discussion on the development paths of ancient rabbinic myth and mythmaking. These developed along two themes: the first marked by a thematic continuity with mythic topics, images, and scenarios found in earlier ancient New Eastern and biblical sources or traditions; the second is marked by thematic innovation, wherein new mythic themes, figures and topics are developed. It is argued that these myths are not independent genre but linked to Scripture and presented alongside it. Analyses on the concepts of myth and traditions, and myth and history are presented.

Keywords:   rabbinic myth, mythmaking, history, tradition, scripture

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