[ Sephardic Hebrew mee-drahsh; Ashkenazic Hebrew mi-drahsh ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew miˈdrɑʃ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪ drɑʃ /
noun, plural mid·ra·shim [Sephardic Hebrew mee-drah-sheem; Ashkenazic Hebrew mi-draw-shim] /Sephardic Hebrew mi drɑˈʃim; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪˈdrɔ ʃɪm/, mid·ra·shoth, mid·ra·shot, mid·ra·shos [Sephardic Hebrew mee-drah-shawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mi-draw-shohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mi drɑˈʃɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪˈdrɔ ʃoʊs/.
an early Jewish interpretation of or commentary on a Biblical text, clarifying or expounding a point of law or developing or illustrating a moral principle.
(initial capital letter) a collection of such interpretations or commentaries, especially those written in the first ten centuries a.d.
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Origin of midrash
First recorded in 1605–15, midrash is from the Hebrew word midrāsh literally, exposition
OTHER WORDS FROM midrashmid·rash·ic [mid-rash-ik] /mɪdˈræʃ ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby midrash
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British Dictionary definitions for midrash
/ (ˈmɪdræʃ, Hebrew miˈdraʃ) /
noun plural midrashim (mɪˈdrɔʃɪm, Hebrew midraˈʃim) Judaism
a homily on a scriptural passage derived by traditional Jewish exegetical methods and consisting usually of embellishment of the scriptural narrative
one of a number of collections of such homilies composed between 400 and 1200 ad
Derived forms of midrashmidrashic (mɪdˈræʃɪk), adjective
Word Origin for midrash
C17: from Hebrew: commentary, from darash to search
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