midrash

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noun mid·rash \ˈmi-ˌdräsh\

Definition of midrash

plural

midrashim

play \mi-ˈdrä-shəm\
  1. 1 :  a haggadic or halachic exposition of the underlying significance of a Bible text

  2. 2 :  a collection of midrashim

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

midrashic

play \mi-ˈdrä-shik\ adjective often capitalized

Origin and Etymology of midrash

Hebrew midhrāsh exposition, explanation


First Known Use: 1613


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