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Parables in Midrash By David Stern

Parables in Midrash by David Stern

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Stern shows how the parable or mashal-the most distinctive type of narrative in midrash-was composed, how its symbolism works, and how it serves to convey the ideological convictions of the rabbis. He describes its relation to similar tales in other literatures, including the parables of Jesus in the New Testament and kabbalistic parables.

Parables in Midrash Summary

Parables in Midrash: Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature by David Stern

David Stern shows how the parable or mashal-the most distinctive type of narrative in midrash-was composed, how its symbolism works, and how it serves to convey the ideological convictions of the rabbis. He describes its relation to similar tales in other literatures, including the parables of Jesus in the New Testament and kabbalistic parables. Through its innovative approach to midrash, this study reaches beyond its particular subject, and will appeal to all readers interested in narrative and religion.

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Parables in Midrash is one of the most sophisticated and mature works on rabbinic literature in this century... All readers will find the book an extremely valuable synthesis of cutting-edge methodologies, thorough knowledge of textual traditions, and the best exegesis of traditional literature the academy has to offer. -- Burton L. Visotzky * Catholic Biblical Quarterly *
Well-written, comprehensible to the nonexpert and thorough in its description of material and in its use of modern literary criticism. -- Anthony J. Saldarini * Theological Studies *
Stern argues persuasively that...the mashal's narrative becomes in itself a distinctly rabbinic form of scriptural exegesis. Stern's comparative discussions of parables ascribed to Jesus and the use of the mashal in later Hebrew literature make this book of great interest to students of New Testament, rabbinics, and literary theory. -- Martin S. Jaffee * Religious Studies Review *

About David Stern

David Stern is Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations Note on Translations and Transliterations Introduction 1. Composition and Exegesis The Rabbinic Parable Mashal, Parable, and Allegory Mashal and Ma'aseh The Origins of the Nimshal The King-Mashal Stereotyping Eikhah Rabhah 4.11 The Mashal as Traditional Literature From Narrative to Exegesis The Mashal and Midrashic Hermeneutics 2. Rhetoric The Occasions of the Mashal Three Models for the Mashal Meshalim of Praise and Blame Eikhah Rabbah 3.21 3. Poetics Theorizing Midrash Narrative or Exegesis? Narrative Convention and Exegetical Novelty Gaps, Ambiguities, and Narrative Conceits Point of View and Authorial Presence The Implied Interpreter Characterization Anthropomorphism 4. Thematics Apologetics Polemics Eulogy and Consolation Complaint Regret and Warning 5. The Mashal in Context The Problem of Context in Midrash The Mashal and the Homily The Mashal and the Petihta The Mashal and the Aggadic Narrative The Mashal and the Exegetical Enumeration Series of Meshalim The Mashal in Midrash 6. The Mashal in Hebrew Literature From the Ancient Near East to Late Antiquity The Parables in the Synoptic Gospels From the Tannaim to the Amoraim Tanna de-Bei Eliyahu Sefer Habahir Maimonides and Other Philosophers The Zohar and Other Mystical Texts Modern Hebrew Literature Appendix A: Nonparabolic Narratives in Rabbinic Literature Appendix B: Hebrew Texts of the Meshalim from Eikhah Rabbah Notes

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Parables in Midrash: Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature by David Stern
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