in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780198267331
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602078 | DOI:

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This chapter presents a synthesis of the studies in the preceding Chapters (10-12), focusing on a number of mystical tracts, particularly the book of Zohar — an heir of these prior layers of tradition and their transformation. The book of Zohar attempts to read and disclose the hidden myth in the words of the Torah and other passages of the sacred canon. Myth is considered an inward and spiritual reality of the divine being, is unsayable and unknowable on its own terms, and only becomes knowable and sayable in the terminology of Scripture.

Keywords: myth; scripture; book of Zohar; God; monotheism; mythmaking

Chapter.  2685 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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