Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions

Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions

by Raphael Patai
     
 

This multicultural reference work on Jewish folklore, legends, customs, and other elements of folklife is the first of its kind.See more details below

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This multicultural reference work on Jewish folklore, legends, customs, and other elements of folklife is the first of its kind.

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The study of folklore has burgeoned on college campuses as has the publication of academic works on this fascinating interdisciplinary topic. This encyclopedia covers the long and multifarious history of Jewish folklore and customs from the Bible to bagels. Edited by Bar-Itzhak (Univ. of Haifa, Israel), who succeeded Patai, an anthropologist and founding editor who died during the project, the work contains entries ranging from a few paragraphs to several pages. Written by international scholars, each entry contains a useful bibliography, while superb color and black-and-white illustrations enhance the text. The eclectic content covers holidays (Purim), material artifacts (illuminated manuscripts), and mythical beliefs (Dybbuk) and offers country studies (Afghanistan, Iran) and biographies of notable Jewish ethnographers, as well as much more. VERDICT An outstanding ready-reference source presenting hard-to-find information, this work will interest students, academics, and general readers. Highly recommended.—Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765620255
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/2012
Pages:
500
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.60(d)

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