Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature

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This remarkable anthology of sixteen narratives from ancient and medieval Hebrew texts opens a new window onto the Jewish imagination. Presenting the captivating world of rabbinic storytelling, it reveals facets of the Jewish experience and tradition that would otherwise have remained unknown and examines the surprisingly deep connection between the values of classical Judaism and the art of imaginative narrative writing. Virtually all the narratives appear here in English for the first time. Sometimes pious, ...
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This remarkable anthology of sixteen narratives from ancient and medieval Hebrew texts opens a new window onto the Jewish imagination. Presenting the captivating world of rabbinic storytelling, it reveals facets of the Jewish experience and tradition that would otherwise have remained unknown and examines the surprisingly deep connection between the values of classical Judaism and the art of imaginative narrative writing. Virtually all the narratives appear here in English for the first time. Sometimes pious, sometimes playful, and sometimes almost scandalous, they are each accompanied by an introduction and notes. The selections are framed by essays by David Stern and Mark Jay Mirsky that examine the various moods and forms in which the rabbinic imagination found expression and explore the impact that this unique form of narrative has had on modern fiction.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780827603639
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 1/4/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 376

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
A Note on the Selections and the Translations 31
1 Rabbinic Parables 35
2 Two Narratives About God 47
3 Jonah and the Sailors from Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer 59
4 Sefer Zerubbabel 67
5 Midrash on the Ten Commandments 91
6 The Tale of the Jerusalemite 121
7 Midrash Eleh Ezkerah or The Legend of the Ten Martyrs 143
8 The Alphabet of Ben Sira 167
9 Parables from Sefer Ha-Bahir 203
10 Narrative Fantasies From Sefer Hasidim 215
11 Love in the Afterlife: A Selection from the Zohar 239
12 Asher in the Harem 253
13 The Misogynist 269
14 The Sorcerer from Meshal Ha-Kadmoni 295
15 Job's Novella from A Valley of Vision 313
16 The "Dream-Talks" of Nahman of Bratslav 333
In a Turn of the Scroll: An Afterword 349
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