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MIDRASH, MYTH, AND PROPHECY: GEORGE ELIOT'S REINTERPRETATION OF BIBLICAL STORIES

Bronwyn Law-Vilijoen

in Literature and Theology

Volume 11, issue 1, pages 80-92
Published in print March 1997 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 1997 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/11.1.80
MIDRASH, MYTH, AND PROPHECY: GEORGE ELIOT'S REINTERPRETATION OF BIBLICAL STORIES

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Through a reading of Daniel Deronda I will offer the notion of midrash as a way of reading which works within an old and very strong tradition on the one hand, and gestures continuously towards opennes and innovationon the other. In her final novel, Eliot's reinterpretations of Biblical myth spring from and undermine the discourse of a Judaeo-Christian patriarchy with its linear vision of history that is,hermeneutically speaking, closed off by the incarnation of God in Christ. Eliot focuses on the poetic and mythic functions of prophecy as a way of articulating her own religious ideas and of contemplating the unseen, unknown futures of Judaism and Christianity.

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