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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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Myths of Participation and Pathos

Myths of Participation and Pathos

(p.132) 7 Myths of Participation and Pathos
Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking


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This chapter explores the divine acts performed in the course of Israel’s sacred history and beyond. It is argued that myth is present as the correlation between divine activity and events in history. The mythic fabulations of the rabbis constitute a midrashic register only partly disclosed at the level of biblical plain sense. The pattern of imagery or semantic structure of a given biblical verse or phrase often conditions the actions revealed in the midrashic myths. Such parallelism marks the complex interrelationship between myth and history in these rabbinic sources.

Keywords:   divine acts, Israel, history, rabbinic myths, midrash

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