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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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Final Conclusions

Final Conclusions

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(p.306) 14 Final Conclusions
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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking
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MICHAEL FISHBANE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198267339.003.0015

This chapter presents a synthesis of all chapters discussed in this book. Three specific concepts are emphasized. The first is that this book is an exploration of the morphologies of myth and mythmaking found in three distinct bodies of literature: the Hebrew Bible; clusters or anthologies of Midrash; and the book of Zohar. Second is that the myths studied are cultural forms and the concrete expressions of a vital mythic imagination found in classical texts of the Jewish monotheistic tradition. Finally, that the three literary corpora investigated provide different accounts of perceptions of what is called the theosphere and its relation to the biosphere.

Keywords:   myth, scripture, book of Zohar, God, monotheism, mythmaking, Hebrew Bible, Midrash

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