mid·​rash | \ˈmi-ˌdräsh \
plural midrashim\ mi-​ˈdrä-​shəm \

Definition of midrash 

1 : a haggadic or halachic exposition of the underlying significance of a Bible text

2 : a collection of midrashim

3 capitalized : the midrashic literature written during the first Christian millennium

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midrashic \ mi-​ˈdrä-​shik \ adjective often capitalized

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At Mt. Sinai, God’s voice, in midrash, was heard communally, but was so overwhelming that only the first letter, aleph, was sounded. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, "The Voices in Our Heads," 9 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of midrash

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for midrash

Hebrew midhrāsh exposition, explanation

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