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Conclusions and Other Considerations

MICHAEL FISHBANE

in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780198267331
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198267339.003.0010
 Conclusions and Other Considerations

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This chapter begins with a discussion on the development paths of ancient rabbinic myth and mythmaking. These developed along two themes: the first marked by a thematic continuity with mythic topics, images, and scenarios found in earlier ancient New Eastern and biblical sources or traditions; the second is marked by thematic innovation, wherein new mythic themes, figures and topics are developed. It is argued that these myths are not independent genre but linked to Scripture and presented alongside it. Analyses on the concepts of myth and traditions, and myth and history are presented.

Keywords: rabbinic myth; mythmaking; history; tradition; scripture

Chapter.  31534 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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