God's Echo Exploring Scripture with Midrash

Give expression to your innermost longings, deepest fears, and most profound joys-while studying Scripture. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Between 400 and 1200 C.E., a group of rabbis expounded on the text of the Bible, making it relevant to their times and to subsequent readers. This extensive collection of explanations and interpretations is known collectively as Midrash. Sasso, the second woman ever ordained as a rabbi, considers Midrash "both a product, a body of literature... and a process... that continues to the present day" and has assembled a themed collection of text, extrapolations and guided self-evaluation in the hopes that more people will see not only how the ancients still speak to us but how our own experiences make us writers of Midrash as well. Her brief history of the practice and depiction of the four-fold method used for approaching a particular text provides a good starting point for newcomers. However, while she admits to choosing certain portions regarding rejection, anger and repentance because they're "part of [her] story" and advocates taking ownership of the narratives as they apply in present times, she, for the most part, shares very little of herself or her reasons for selecting these themes. Despite her best efforts to excite a new audience to this tradition, the finished product feels disappointingly more like a series of lessons or sermons cobbled together. (June) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist Midrash, the discovery of meanings other than literal ones in the Hebrew Bible, is derived from the root darash (inquire). It denotes the literature that interprets scripture in order to extract its full implications and meaning. Midrashic literature contains some of the most distinctive features of rabbinic Judaism, delving more deeply than the literal meaning of the word of scripture—a method of linking the various parts of the Bible together by the discovery of typological patterns, verbal echoes, and rhythms of repetition. Rabbi Sasso examines the origins of Midrash and how it is still used today. She presents new translations and interpretations of 20 Midrash texts and explains the fourfold method of interpretation used by ancient rabbis. The author offers a readable treatment of a difficult subject. Cohen, George

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