Midrash

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From Hebrew מִדְרָשׁ(midrásh, Midrash), in turn from Aramaic דרש‎.

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Midrash (plural Midrashim or Midrashot or Midrashoth)

  1. A Rabbinic commentary on a text from the Hebrew Scripture.
  2. The Rabbinic technique or tradition of such exegesis.
    • 2007, Karen Armstrong, The Bible: The Biography, Atlantic 2008, page 82:
      Midrash was not a purely intellectual pursuit and study was never an end in itself: it had to inspire practical action in the world.

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