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Midrash UnboundTransformations and Innovations$
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Michael A. Fishbane and Joanna Weinberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113713

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.001.0001

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Midrash and the Meaning of Scripture

Midrash and the Meaning of Scripture

(p.13) One Midrash and the Meaning of Scripture
Midrash Unbound

Michael Fishbane

Liverpool University Press

This chapter opens with an essay on Midrash. It takes up the subject of Midrash from a wide-ranging perspective, and considers basic phenomenological, stylistic, and exegetical features of the subject. The chapter also aims to set the stage for the fundamental importance of Midrash in Jewish literature and culture. For rabbinic interpreters, a major moment is the closure of the scriptural canon, which establishes the principal authoritative textual source for all subsequent developments. The closure established a fixed source, so that all interpretation was to unfold through an examination of its topics and contents, a correlation of its verbal and literary features, and a filling in of legal, theological, and narrative gaps.

Keywords:   Midrash, Jewish literature, Jewish culture, scriptural canon, rabbinic interepreters

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