By Michael Fishbane
It is a entire examine of fantasy 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 ebook of Zohar). Michael Fishbane presents an in depth learn of the texts and theologies concerned and the crucial position of exegesis within the improvement and transformation of the topic. Taken up are problems with fantasy and monotheism, fable and culture, and delusion and language. The presence and power of delusion in successive cultural stages is handled, emphasizing convinced paradigmatic acts of God and lines of the divine personality.
In sum, this quantity presents shut and cautious examinations of a wealthy number of texts, considerate summaries of what will be concludedwith regard to every kind of literature, leading edge appendices, and a few distinctive indexes. the writer combines a extensive wisdom of non secular phenomenology, the idea of fable, and the classical and Christian traditions with a really expert, masterly, and special realizing of biblical, rabbinic, and kabbalistic texts and traditions. He provides the reader with an enormous volume of textual content to soak up and an intensive 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 a subject matter that covers approximately thousand years of religous and literary historical past and he doesn't the following shirk any facets of the indomitable problem that one of these job represents...a paintings of sound and stable scholarship. Its interpretations and conclusions will lengthy stay the topic of a lot discussion...truly notable and enormously vital piece of study. Stfan C Reif, The magazine of Theological reports a accomplished study...a paintings of significant importance for biblical and jewish reviews. Peter Hayman, The Expository instances
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V. O. : Harvard University Press, 1985), 53-65. For reflections on the use of this hermeneutical instrument with respect to biblical and rabbinic legal texts, see Moshe Halbertal, Mahapehot Parshaniyut Be-Hithavutan (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1997), 185-93. Introduction 19 or depict some actual reality, unless there are specific markers or reasons to indicate otherwise. Thus, to anticipate some ensuing discussions, it would be uncharitable to presume that the biblical citation of a divine combat in a given prayer (for example Ps.
This is clearly evident in the configurations and topics noted earlier: the combat with the sea; the acts of divine wrath and compassion; and God's sympathetic identification with the life and fate of Israel. 66 To proceed in such a manner would be completely to ignore the particular mythologems themselves in the literary form in which they appear, in favour of some hypothesized whole. 70 It is to be hoped that this procedure will respect the concrete cases and their contexts, and return us in each instance to the mythopoeic factor, by which I mean the creative construction of myth and its formulation within different literary genres.
7' These factors bring us to the topic of tradition. ///. Tradition and the Transmission of Myth As the foregoing discussion of mythopoesis makes clear, myth itself (which is to say 'the myths') has a history and changes from one formulation to another. Indeed, the materials to be studied in the following parts of this book span nearly three millennia in some cases, if we take into consideration that the Hebrew Bible draws on a fund of Near Eastern myths that in turn has its own history. Over this span of time the content and forms of the myths naturally change, though it is also the case that each successive stage makes use of the accumulating bundles of tradition of the culture.
Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking by Michael Fishbane