Myths of Participation and Pathos


in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780198267331
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602078 | DOI:
 Myths of Participation and Pathos

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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

Chapter.  15971 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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