Midrash represents an intellectual sifting of a text of Scripture to fully understand its significance and application. As opposed to simple, literal readings, it seeks out new, hitherto neglected layers of meaning. Sasso winsomely explores this process, translating and interpreting 20 essential texts. 200 pages, softcover. Paraclete.
Rabbi Sasso explores how Midrash originated, how it is still used today, and offers new translations and interpretations of more than twent essential Midrash texts.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the best-selling author of In God's Name, God's Paintbrush, Cain and Abel, and other books. She is a rabbi and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, where she lives and works.
For a fresh and vibrant experience of reading Scripture, open Sandy Eisenberg Sassos highly readable Midrash: Reading the Bible with question marks. In this book Rabbi Sasso provides a straightforward discussion of the Jewish tradition of midrash interpretation of Scripture and how this practice can nourish ones spiritual life.
Rabbinical tradition teaches that the revelation of scripture is the beginning of a conversation, a process of seeking and listening for meaning. As Rabbi Sasso writes, "By dwelling in the text, by interpreting it and making it come alive, the people came to encounter the divine and continue a conversation begun long ago at Sinai."
To guide readers through the process of reading and creating midrash, Rabbi Sasso shares ten examples from the tradition, each followed by a personal story. Readers experience the ongoing conversation with Scripture, and the importance of our contemporary stories. A particularly helpful section reflects on midrashim on the theme "God was in this place and I did not know it," where Rabbi Sasso engages with Scripture related to finding glimpses of the holy in ordinary places.
Why should we read and practice midrash? "Midrash lets us glimpse the light of the old souls who saw the glow of the holy in the words of Scripture. It invites us to find that light within our own souls and bring it to illumine the sacred narratives." We come to see the value of our own stories, and the many ways that Scripture can speak into our lives, as it did for our ancestors.
A lovely, rich, and inspiring read, Midrash: Reading the Bible with question marks would benefit Christian and Jewish readers, as well as secular individuals interested in the many ways to understand the Bible. Lisa, Light to Read by