Mormons and Midrash: On the Composition of Expansive Interpretation in Genesis Rabbah and the Book of Moses
Different groups and religious traditions create different genres of interpretation to work with and understand their scriptures according to the needs of their traditions. One form of interpretation involves reopening the Bible and expanding on the narrative of the already canonized text, such as is found in the rabbinic genre of midrash and in Joseph Smith's New Translation (JST) of the Bible. While some scholars have compared the JST to Jewish midrash, such comparisons often misrepresent the nature of midrash. Evaluating the content of these two literatures shows that there are places where comparison can be productive but also places where key formal differences can be found.