Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg

By Louis Ginzberg

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The JPS vintage reissue of a Jewish masterpiece, reset in volumes with all new indexes. To at the present time Legends of the Jews is still a such a lot amazing and finished compilation of news attached to the Hebrew Bible. it truly is an essential reference on that physique of literature referred to as Midrash, the creative retelling and elaboration on Bible tales within which mythological stories approximately demons and magic co-exist with moralistic tales concerning the piety of the patriarchs. Legends is the 1st ebook to which one turns to benefit concerning the postbiblical figuring out of a biblical episode, or to find the resource for biblical legends that can not be traced on to the Bible. it's also the 1st position to discover the solutions to such questions as: on what day was once Abraham born; what was once Moses' actual visual appeal, or what was once the identify of Potiphar's spouse.

Launched in 1901 via The Jewish e-book Society, the unique venture started as a unmarried quantity of 1,000 pages yet grew a lot better by way of 1938, while the 7th quantity containing the indexes was once ultimately released. Louis Ginzberg used to be 28 years outdated whilst Henrietta Szold, secretary of the Society, ready the agreement for what was once conceived as a small, renowned quantity on Jewish legends. because the scion of 2 uncommon rabbinical households, Ginzberg studied within the nice Lithuanian yeshivot of Telz and Slobodka. Later he obtained his secular schooling at Strassburg and Heidelberg universities. this mix of non secular and secular studying enabled him to pursue with nice ardour the wide-ranging roots of Jewish legend. Ginzberg believed that Jewish legend was once either past and bigger than what used to be represented within the Talmud and midrashic collections--the fundamental Rabbinic assets. And so he scoured Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Oriental assets to rediscover the superb threads of Jewish legend. the outcome used to be a masterpiece: a unmarried, coherent number of legends that follows the biblical narrative, observed by means of distinctive notes that display a fancy subtext of frequently intersecting and multi-layered degrees of effect, borrowed notions, and interpretive commentaries.

Four new indexes and a brand new advent via David Stern, Professor of Postbiblical and Medieval Hebrew Literature, and Director of the Jewish reports software on the collage of Pennsylvania, entire the reissue of 1 of the best classics of contemporary Jewish literature.

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32 Of all this vast world only one-third is inhabited, the other two-thirds being equally divided between water and waste desert land. Beyond the inhabited parts to the east is Paradise 33 with its seven divisions, each assigned to the pious of a certain degree. The ocean is situated to the west, and it is dotted with islands upon islands, inhabited by many different peoples. Beyond it, in turn, are the boundless steppes full of serpents and scorpions, and destitute of every sort of vegetation, whether herbs or trees.

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