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Midrash is a rabbinic scribal term denoting “study” or “exposition” – that is, of the Torah or Bible. The Hebrew term is not found in extant early Christian sources. A number of modern scholars think, however, that the concept is relevant because exegetical techniques similar to rabbinic midrash are seen at work in texts pertaining to Jesus, Paul, and other key figures of the ea…

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Tomson, Peter J., “Midrash”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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