But if this example is taken as representative, it should be clear that the midrashic
enterprise is all about understanding a phrase in context, and not "atomistic" or "versocentric" at all.
Right from the start, modern scholars identified the production of critical editions for the midrashic
texts as a top priority.
The resource pages enable teachers and parents to make full constructive use of these deeply enriched midrashic
stories and teaching tales for young children.
Yet this midrashic
interpretation suggests that this basic desire is what led to the first murder.
We are led to assume that she is appropriating the name of Adam's demonic first wife, described in midrashic
and kabbalistic literature.
The exegesis and eisegesis section honors Garber, in part, by using midrashic
or dialogic methods to study Christian sources.
Rather than simplistic or mystical attempts to graft mythic dimensions on to catastrophic events or to replace traumatic memories with familiar biblical promises of messianic and apocalyptic revenge and renewal, these poets sought to make in and of their poetic lines an active, midrashic
experience, one that at once generated meaning, stabilized the processes of thought through minimalist language, and 'elevate[d] social chaos to its truer spiritual meaning' (p.
By charting the intertextual influence of the Bible and related, midrashic
commentary on selected works from each author, Wright elucidates the principles governing each writer's reading and rewriting of Genesis, then discusses the ways these novelists help make the Bible speak to their own time.
Powell's "'From an Urn Already Crumbled to Dust': Kafka's Use of Parable and the Midrashic
Mashal," published in Summer, 2006.
In arguing for a strong connection between modern American poems and traditional Jewish sources, Shreiber evokes a range of biblical and midrashic
materials, suggesting that even if the poets may not have had such materials in mind--or known of them, for that matter--these materials constitute "an intertextual cultural matrix" (151) that critics might call upon in their analyses.
Kunst could have developed this Christian link to Midrash more explicitly in order to shed more light on how Midrashic
speculation became literalized into Christian thought.
It is clear that Karni follows in the footsteps of the midrashic
rendition of Eve's inner debate about the benefits of sharing the forbidden fruit with her husband.
Drawing analogies between the rabbis' radical revision of Judaism after the destruction of the Second Temple and Milton's post-Restoration refashioning of religion and nation, Shoulson skilfully interweaves mutually enriching Miltonic and midrashic
texts, enabling each of them to reveal sometimes profound internal divisions.
It was a very complex amalgam of influences--Jewish (both halachic, midrashic
, and philosophical), classical and Christian, medieval and Renaissance, Iberian and Italian--which final ly shaped his thought.
Shoulson's thesis is that in an age that had seen intense interest by English Protestants in the Hebrew Bible, growing awareness of the living presence of Diaspora Judaism, and calls to open the country to Jewish immigration, Milton became ever more conscious of how his own position resembled that of politically marginalized Jews in the post-Temple period and wrote in his late poetical works midrashic
reflections closely parallel to those of the early rabbis.