By Michael Fishbane
This can be a entire learn of delusion within the Hebrew Bible and fantasy and mythmaking in classical rabbinic literature (Midrash and Talmud) and within the classical paintings of medieval Jewish mysticism (the publication of Zohar). Michael Fishbane presents an in depth examine of the texts and theologies concerned and the imperative position of exegesis within the improvement and transformation of the topic. Taken up are problems with fable and monotheism, fantasy and culture, and delusion and language. The presence and energy of delusion in successive cultural stages is handled, emphasizing definite paradigmatic acts of God and lines of the divine personality.
In sum, this quantity offers shut and cautious examinations of a wealthy number of texts, considerate summaries of what could be concludedwith regard to every kind of literature, leading edge appendices, and a few special indexes. the writer combines a large wisdom of spiritual phenomenology, the speculation of fable, and the classical and Christian traditions with a really expert, masterly, and certain knowing of biblical, rabbinic, and kabbalistic texts and traditions. He provides the reader with an unlimited quantity of textual content to soak up and an in depth variety of interpretations and conclusions on which to mirror. Stefan C Reif, The magazine of Theological reports Fishbane is a type of students most sensible certified to take on an issue that covers approximately thousand years of religous and literary historical past and he doesn't the following shirk any elements of the indomitable problem that this kind of activity represents...a paintings of sound and sturdy scholarship. Its interpretations and conclusions will lengthy stay the topic of a lot discussion...truly extraordinary and tremendously vital piece of analysis. Stfan C Reif, The magazine of Theological reports a accomplished study...a paintings of significant value for biblical and jewish stories. Peter Hayman, The Expository instances
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The concern here is to focus on the processes of mythmaking, whereby each recitation or account of the myths is a reshaping of both 74 This positivist and chronological approach was given classical expression by Otto Gruppe, 'Geschichte der klassischen Mythologie und Religionsgeschichte, wahrend des Mittelalters im Abenland und wahrend der Neuzeit', in Lexicon der griechischen und romischen Mythologie, ed. W. H. Roscher, suppl. (Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1921). 75 In addition to the earlier citations, cf.
In the Hebrew Bible, for example, certain mythic topics (like the divine combat) are cited in specific psalms, prophecies, and wisdom pieces, where they may serve as paradigms of primordial or hoped-for acts of power. The topics are thus contextualized differently (in Introduction 17 different genres and in different ways within those genres); and it is precisely in and through these specific settings that these topics affect the reciter or receiver of the text, and where the validity of any given myth is made manifest.
Meek (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1964), 3-13. Against this dating, see Stephanie Dalley, Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989), 228-30. 16 See already the point made by F. Delitzsch in Bibel und Babel, 34 f. Similarities were culled by Alexander Heidel, The Babylonian Genesis (Chicago: Phoenix Books, 1963), 129, and taken over and expanded by Ephraim A. Speiser, Genesis (Anchor Bible, i; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1964), 9-11.
Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking by Michael Fishbane