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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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Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile

Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile

(p.293) 12 Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile
Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking


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The themes of destruction, sorrow and exile recurring throughout midrashic literature are also found in Zoharic literature. Their reuse is distinguished by the drama and crisis in the supernal realms caused by the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem, and banishment of the nation from its homeland. In the new myth, the effect extends beyond the divine personality. Three expressions of this myth are examined: the first two provide terse teachings of two dimensions of the myth of divine rupture; the third provides an account of divine loss and longing.

Keywords:   destruction, sorrow, exile, midrashic literature, Zoharic corpus, myth

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