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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Michael Fishbane


This book aims to retrieve, study, and reconstruct the phenomenon of monotheistic myth over the course of two millennia, from its first literary articulations in the Hebrew Bible to mythmaking in classic rabbinic Midrash and the medieval Kabbalistic book of Zohar. Several paradigmatic configurations are isolated and used to explore the characters and construction of monotheistic myth sources, and patterns of thermatic continuity and transformation. This strategy will allow a synchronic analysis of central tropics in each separate period and facilitate their diachronic correlation and compariso ... More

Keywords: monotheistic myth, Rabbinic mythmaking, Hebrew Bible, Jewish myth, scripture, biblical myth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198267331
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0198267339.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Fishbane, author
Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies and Chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago
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