Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

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CONTENTS
Abbreviationsxi
Introduction1
I Biblical Myth
1 Introduction 31
2 Combat Myths and Divine Actions: Prayers and Prophecies of Divine Might 37
A In the Psalms 37
B In Prophetic Literature 48
3 Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy 58
4 Conclusions and Other Considerations 63
A Mythic Combat in Ancient Israel 63
B The Mythic Hierarchy of Ancient Israel 69
C Myth and Metaphor 81
D Myth and Tradition 82
II Rabbinic Myth and Mythmaking
5 Introduction 95
A The Phenomenon: Topics and Techniques 95
B Myth and Scripture 108
C Delimiting the Focus 110
6 God and the Primordial Waters 112
A Divine Combat and the Primordial Waters 112
B The Waters of Tehom and the Temple 124
7 Myths of Participation and Pathos 132
A Myths of Divine Participation: Egyptian Servitude and Other Events 134
B Exilic Servitude and Divine Redemption 146
8 Myths of Divinity 160
A Divine Pathos and Personality 160
B Human Acts and Divine Activation 173
9 Conclusions and Other Considerations 191
A Myth and Tradition 193

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