[Sephardic Hebrew mee-drahsh; Ashkenazic Hebrew mi-drahsh]
- 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.
Origin of midrash
First recorded in 1605–15, midrash is from the Hebrew word midrāsh literally, exposition
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- 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
Word Origin for midrash
C17: from Hebrew: commentary, from darash to search
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