The Classic Tales: 4,000 Years of Jewish Lore

The Classic Tales: 4,000 Years of Jewish Lore

by Ellen Frankel
     
 

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A retelling of 300 Jewish stories spanning 4,000 years and three continents. Drawing on biblical, talmudic, and hasidic tales, the author creates a classic_a map resource book for the brightest jewels in the vast treasure chest of Jewish lore. Six useful indexes, chronological table of contents, glossary, and bibliography.See more details below

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A retelling of 300 Jewish stories spanning 4,000 years and three continents. Drawing on biblical, talmudic, and hasidic tales, the author creates a classic_a map resource book for the brightest jewels in the vast treasure chest of Jewish lore. Six useful indexes, chronological table of contents, glossary, and bibliography.

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Lilith Magazine
In her selection and retelling of 300 "classic" tales, Ellen Frankel has achieved some desirable diversity. Like folktales in many non-Jewish traditions, these stories blend realism with the fantastic, conjuring magical remedies for ill fortune, poverty, marriage gone awry, and the pious gone astray....The images in these tales, though rare, are splendid....The collection Frankel has ammassed, evidently with much labor and care, is impressive.
Library Journal
``Superb'' is the word needed to describe this retelling of 300 Jewish stories in chronological order spanning 4000 years and three continents. Drawing from Talmudic, Midrashic, Hasidic, and folktale sources, Frankel has put together a rich anthology of Jewish tales imbued with the spiritual values of Judaism and the age-old folk wisdom of the Jewish people. Enhancing the collection are several indexes arranged by character types, symbols, topics, and names and places that enable readers to locate specific kinds of material. Also included are a helpful glossary and bibliography containing all the sources used by the author. Sure to become a modern classic, this labor of love, despite its cost, is highly recommended.-- Robert A. Silver, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
Booknews
Some three hundred stories, culled from traditional sources--the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, Hasidic texts, and oral folklore--are retold in modern English. Of special note: God appears without gender, women wear their midrashic names, and many tales of Sephardic origin are included. Indexed by symbols, names and places, and topics. Includes references to stories for each holiday. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461662419
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1993
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
704
File size:
2 MB

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