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Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile

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/10.1093/0198267339.003.0013
 Divine Sorrow and the Rupture of Exile

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The themes of destruction, sorrow and exile recurring throughout midrashic literature are also found in Zoharic literature. Their reuse is distinguished by the drama and crisis in the supernal realms caused by the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem, and banishment of the nation from its homeland. In the new myth, the effect extends beyond the divine personality. Three expressions of this myth are examined: the first two provide terse teachings of two dimensions of the myth of divine rupture; the third provides an account of divine loss and longing.

Keywords: destruction; sorrow; exile; midrashic literature; Zoharic corpus; myth

Chapter.  4298 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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