Pronunciation: ( Seph. Heb.mē-dräsh'; Ashk. Heb.mi'dräsh), [key]
—pl. mid•ra•shimPronunciation: ( Seph. Heb.mē-drä-shēm'; Ashk. Heb.mi-drô'shim), [key] mid•ra•shoth, mid•ra•shot, mid•ra•shosPronunciation: ( Seph. Heb.mē-drä-shôt'; Ashk. Heb.mi-drô'shōs). [key]
1. an early Jewish interpretation of or commentary on a Biblical text, clarifying or expounding a point of law or developing or illustrating a moral principle.
2. (cap.) a collection of such interpretations or commentaries, esp. those written in the first ten centuriesa.d.
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