By Michael Fishbane
It is a finished examine of delusion within the Hebrew Bible and fable and mythmaking in classical rabbinic literature (Midrash and Talmud) and within the classical paintings of medieval Jewish mysticism (the ebook of Zohar). Michael Fishbane presents an in depth learn of the texts and theologies concerned and the imperative function of exegesis within the improvement and transformation of the topic. Taken up are problems with fantasy and monotheism, delusion and culture, and fantasy and language. The presence and energy of fable in successive cultural stages is handled, emphasizing sure paradigmatic acts of God and contours of the divine personality.
In sum, this quantity presents shut and cautious examinations of a wealthy number of texts, considerate summaries of what might be concludedwith regard to every kind of literature, leading edge appendices, and a few special indexes. the writer combines a wide wisdom of spiritual phenomenology, the speculation of fable, and the classical and Christian traditions with a really good, masterly, and certain figuring out of biblical, rabbinic, and kabbalistic texts and traditions. He provides the reader with an enormous quantity of textual content to take in and an in depth variety of interpretations and conclusions on which to mirror. Stefan C Reif, The magazine of Theological stories Fishbane is a kind of students top certified to take on a subject matter that covers approximately thousand years of religous and literary historical past and he doesn't the following shirk any features of the indomitable problem that this sort of job represents...a paintings of sound and strong scholarship. Its interpretations and conclusions will lengthy stay the topic of a lot discussion...truly impressive and quite vital piece of study. Stfan C Reif, The magazine of Theological experiences a accomplished study...a paintings of significant importance for biblical and jewish reports. Peter Hayman, The Expository instances
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Speiser, Genesis (Anchor Bible, i; Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1964), 9-11. Among recently noted parallels, one may note the striking affinity between the phrase nibnima salam titti ('let us create an image of clay'), spoken by Belet-ili to Ea in a Mesopotamian myth dealing with the creation of man and king, and the expression na'aseh 'adam be-salmeinu ('let us make man in our image') found in Gen. i: 26 (2: 7 refers to the material of clay). For the text, see Werner Mayer, 'Ein Mythos von der Erschaffung des Menschen und des Konigs', Or.
14 Introduction a personified power or monster of some sort. In all cases, however, the figure of the Sea (or its thematic variant) represents a force or power of chaos, rebellion, or evil, and the recurrence of the combat motif in numerous texts during two thousand years marks a paradigm of divine power that is celebrated (as an event past) or anticipated (as an event to come). Through our treatment of this 'event' it will be possible to consider cultural similarities and differences in the use of myth, and the way different realizations of the scenario express different theologies of history and evil.
78 On the author of the Library, see M. van der Valk, 'On Apollodori Bibliotheca', Revue des Etudes Grecques, 71 (1958), 100-68. 79 See Zohar \. 6a/b. Citations follow Sefer Ha-Zohar, ed. , with corrections and additions; Jerusalem: Mosad Ha-Rav Kook, 1964). ) Introduction 27 narratives spoken by odd characters encountered on the road; or by the happenstance of history or nature), Hebrew Scriptures are revealed as a collection of myths dealing with the divine Being itself—in all its emanational permutations.
Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking by Michael Fishbane