mid·​rash | \ ˈmi-ˌdräsh How to pronounce midrash (audio) \
plural midrashim\ mi-​ˈdrä-​shəm How to pronounce midrash (audio) \

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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Other Words from midrash

midrashic \ mi-​ˈdrä-​shik How to pronounce midrash (audio) \ adjective, often capitalized

Examples of midrash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scripture was a performative art, such as the intensely emotional and argumentative art of Jewish midrash. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "Scripture as an art form? Q&A with Karen Armstrong.," 22 Nov. 2019 Nor does the average WeWork have a beit midrash, or Jewish study hall, filled with Torah books and other religious texts. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Co-working space is a Jewish take on WeWork," 26 June 2019 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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“Midrash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midrash. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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