"Midrash" in general refers to commentary on the Bible. Often though, it is used to describe particular collections of midrash written from the 2nd to the 10th century, with a few later works as well. The midrash include commentaries, interpretations, stories that illustrate biblical passages and sermons.
|Below is a list of most of the Aggadic Midrash by period. You'll notice that "Midrash Rabbah" is not listed. In the 1500's, collections of midrash on the Torah and then later including midrash on other parts of the Tanakh were published together as "Midrash Rabbah" (i.e. Genesis Rabbah, Exodus Rabbah, Leviticus Rabbah, etc.)|
|Early Period (Amoraic) 400-640|
Genesis Rabbah |
Eichah (Lamentations) Rabbah
Pesikta de-Rav Kahana
Midrash Iyyov (Job)
|Middle Period 640-1000|
Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer |
Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) Rabbah
Canticles (Songs) Rabbah
Baraita of Samuel
Targum sheni (on Esther)
|Late Period (1000-1200)|
| Midrash Tadshe
|Period of Anthologies (1200-1550)|
| Yalkut Shimoni |
| Finding Midrash on the shelf
Most individual works of midrash are shelved in BM 517.
Remember that your local librarian is there to help!Finding Midrash online
Bar Ilan Responsa Project
The Legends of the Jews / by Louis Ginzberg
PIRQE RABBI ELIEZER electronic text editing project / Lewis M. Barth, editor
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