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This concluding chapter summarizes some of the author's basic tenets, reference examples already given in previous chapters, and reiterates some lingering questions. One of the primary objectives of the author was to uncover the underlying mythic patterns in the midrash. The author adopted Mircea Eliade's definition of myth as a narrative of origins that takes place in primordial time, before the dawn of history, when the sound of God was still heard rustling in the Garden at the breezy time of day. Accordingly, myth is a sacred story about the gods, or God, which cannot be expressed by abstract language, but is embodied, rather, in a poetic narrative form. The term 'myth' is derived from the Greek 'mythos', meaning simply story, and has acquired the connotation of being a fictional account of a foundational event on the part of the gods or legendary heroes in illo tempore ab origine.

Keywords: Greek 'mythos'; midrash; Mircea Eliade; mythic patterns



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