Mimekor Yisrael: Selected Classical Jewish Folktales

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"[Bin Gorion's] crowning achievement was Mimekor Yisrael, a multilayered compendium of post-biblical Jewish lore and demonology."
—Commentary

"One of the most extraordinary publishing events in my memory—a huge source of discoveries of the quintessential Jewish experience." —Nat
Hentoff

"This is a most important collection, actually unique in its field. I
recommend it to all good readers." —Isaac Bashevis Singer

"It is wonderful to have this ...

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Overview

"[Bin Gorion's] crowning achievement was Mimekor Yisrael, a multilayered compendium of post-biblical Jewish lore and demonology."
—Commentary

"One of the most extraordinary publishing events in my memory—a huge source of discoveries of the quintessential Jewish experience." —Nat
Hentoff

"This is a most important collection, actually unique in its field. I
recommend it to all good readers." —Isaac Bashevis Singer

"It is wonderful to have this treasure trove of Jewish Folktales finally available in English." —Bruno
Bettelheim

"Indispensable to anyone wishing to learn and explore the beauty of ancient Jewish legends." —Elie Wiesel

For this new edition, Dan Ben-Amos has added commentary, historical identification of personalities and events, extensive headnotes,
and a survey of relevant editions and sources. A truly monumental work.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253205889
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/22/1991
  • Edition description: Abridged and Annotated Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface/Dan Ben-Amos
Micha Josef bin Gorion (Berdyczewski)/Emanuel bin
Gorion
Introduction/Dan Ben-Amos
Abbreviations

A. In Bible
Days
a. From the Days of Genesis
b. Abraham
c. Moses and
Joshua
d. Saul, David, and Solomon
e. Under Three Alien Kings

B.
In the Days of the Second Temple
a. Alexander the Great
b. In the Days of the
Maccabees and King Herod

C. Talmudic Tales
a. Masters of the Oral
Law
b. Commandments and Rites
c. This World and the World to
Come

D. Rabbinical Tales
a. Medieval Historical Legends
b. In the Land of Israel
c. Forebears and Descendants
d. Kabbalists
e.
Hasidim

E. Timeless Tales
a. Stories of Love and Fidelity
b.
Fantasies and Poetic Stories
c. The Way of the Righteous
d. Stories of Elijah The
Prophet
e. Ethical Exempla
f. Wisdom Tales
g. Enigmas and
Fables

Selected Bibliography
Motif Index
Type
Index
Author Index
Source Index
General Index

Indiana University Press

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