Midrash and talmud

A concentration in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation focuses on exegesis of biblical and rabbinic texts from the 2nd century CE through the medieval period. Students must choose a concentration in either Midrash or Medieval Bible Exegesis, and focus course work and comprehensive examinations accordingly. In Judaism, the term Midrash (plural Midrasham) refers to a form of rabbinic literature that offers commentary or interpretation of biblical texts.A Midrash (pronounced "mid-rash") may be an effort to clarify ambiguities in an ancient original text or to make the words applicable to current times. "Midrash" is a summary of the non-Halachic material in the Talmud, based on the classical compilation "EIN YA'AKOV" The Torah not only contains legal principles ("Halachah"), but also teaches many other things from which we can derive important moral and philosophical lessons; this non-legal aspect of the Torah is called ...The Studies in Talmud and Midrash Collection (2 vols.) provides a deep and penetrating look into Jewish interpretation of Hebrew Scripture, law, and tradition. Rabbis Katz and Schwartz explore the Midrash and Talmud with an overview of the language, style of writing, modes of thinking, and worldviews present in these two works which are so important in Jewish thought and practice.Isaiah 53 in the Talmud and Major Midrashim . One of the more absurd claims made by missionaries is that before Rashi the universal Jewish Rabbinic view from the Talmud and the Midrash was that Isaiah 53 was about the Messiah. For example one well known Jewish Christian ‘scholar’ writes: