By Michael Fishbane

It is a finished learn of fable within the Hebrew Bible and fantasy and mythmaking in classical rabbinic literature (Midrash and Talmud) and within the classical paintings of medieval Jewish mysticism (the e-book of Zohar). Michael Fishbane offers a detailed research of the texts and theologies concerned and the vital position of exegesis within the improvement and transformation of the topic. Taken up are problems with fable and monotheism, delusion and culture, and delusion and language. The presence and power of fable in successive cultural levels is taken care of, emphasizing convinced paradigmatic acts of God and contours of the divine personality.

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In sum, this quantity presents shut and cautious examinations of a wealthy number of texts, considerate summaries of what should be concludedwith regard to every kind of literature, leading edge appendices, and a couple of specified indexes. the writer combines a vast wisdom of non secular phenomenology, the speculation of delusion, and the classical and Christian traditions with a really expert, masterly, and specific figuring out of biblical, rabbinic, and kabbalistic texts and traditions. He offers the reader with an unlimited quantity of textual content to take in and an intensive variety of interpretations and conclusions on which to mirror. Stefan C Reif, The magazine of Theological reports Fishbane is a kind of students most sensible certified to take on an issue that covers approximately thousand years of religous and literary historical past and he doesn't right here shirk any elements of the indomitable problem that this sort of activity represents...a paintings of sound and strong scholarship. Its interpretations and conclusions will lengthy stay the topic of a lot discussion...truly amazing and particularly vital piece of analysis. Stfan C Reif, The magazine of Theological reviews a finished study...a paintings of significant importance for biblical and jewish reports. Peter Hayman, The Expository instances

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1. 6). , Ugaritica, v: Nouveaux textes accadiens, howites et ugaritiques des Archives et Bibliotheques privees d'Ugarit, commentaries des textes historiques (Mission de Ras Shamra, 16; Paris: Imprimerie Nationale/P. Geuther, 1968), 44-5, 47-8. 62 Indeed, such comparisons across genres can be of much help in assessing the living vibrancy of various myth-like phrases in biblical texts, especially where our cognitive distance or presumptions, or the particular stylistic or rhetorical setting, might lead one to suppose that the formulation in question is only a literary trope or figure of divine action.

5-7. 63 Many examples show the scholarly nature and character of Mesopotamian mythopoesis, as well as its accumulative growth and intertextual character. For such matters, see, for example, W. G. ), Keilschrift Literaturen: Ausgewcilte Vortrcige der XXXII Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (1985) (Berliner Beitriige zum Vorderen Orient, 6; Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 1986), 55-60. 64 Even less will such a prejudice benefit the study of myth in the Midrash and book of Zohar, where an ancient literary thesaurus was remoulded by learned acts of textual exegesis.

In this way, not a bond of will but a bond of pathos links the divine and human subjects, and the behaviour of the divine is dramatized in bold mythic figures centred around physical actions and gestures. 53 Cf. Cohen, 'Theories of Myth', 337, who astutely observes that some events in myth exist only in the world portrayed by the myth. An assessment of various so-called terms of qualification will be considered in due course, and especially in Appendix 2. 54 Notably, Micaiah ben Imlah in i Kings 22: 19-23 and Isaiah ben Amoz in Isaiah 6; the former seems entirely visionary in nature, while the latter conveys a sense of bodily participation.

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