Definition of Midrash

1. Noun. (Judaism) an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures that is based on Jewish methods of interpretation and attached to the biblical text.

Category relationships: Judaism
Generic synonyms: Comment, Commentary



Definition of Midrash

1. n. A talmudic exposition of the Hebrew law, or of some part of it.

Definition of Midrash

1. Noun. A Rabbinic commentary on a text from the Hebrew Scripture. ¹

2. Noun. The Rabbinic technique or tradition of such exegesis. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Midrash

1. an early Jewish interpretation of a biblical text [n -RASHIM or -RASHOTH or -RASHOT]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Midrash

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midrapidities
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midrash (current term)
midrashic
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midribs
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Literary usage of Midrash

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1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"midrash Shamuel is a haggadic explanation of verses from the books of Samuel, ... In printed form it is often found with the midrash to Samuel and to ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"In rabbinical parlance, midrash has the abstract and general sense of study, exposition of Scripture, while Mid- rashim are primarily the free and ..."

3. A Short Survey of the Literature of Rabbinical and Mediæval Judaism by William Oscar Emil Oesterley, George Herbert Box (1920)
"the form of a commentary rather than in that of a midrash. The interpretations follow immediately upon the words of the text, without the introductory ..."

4. A Short History of Jewish Literature: From the Fall of the Temple (70 C.E by Israel Abrahams (1906)
"Like the Talmud, the midrash is of a composite nature, and under the one name the ... midrash often penetrates below the surface ; and, while seeming to ..."

5. Jewish Services in Synagogue and Home by Lewis Naphtali Dembitz (1898)
"... two or three different meanings are often suggested for the same verse. In short, the midrash is hardly more than a collection of heads for ser- ..."

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