oa Journal for Semitics - Midrash: a bibliographical essay

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



The intention of this essay is to define and introduce the empirical study of midrash by providing a survey of methodological discussions of midrash as a genre, where the study has come from and some of the new approaches. Judging by the number of introductions and monographs that are still being produced on the topic as a whole, it is obvious that midrashic studies are alive and well. The article also wishes to point out that a basic knowledge of midrash is necessary for students who enter upon any field of Judaism, from Rabbinics to Qumran and the Biblical text.

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