Reimagining the Bible: The Storytelling of the Rabbis / Edition 1

Reimagining the Bible: The Storytelling of the Rabbis / Edition 1

by Howard Schwartz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195115112

ISBN-13: 9780195115116

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Reimagining the Bible collects a dozen essays by Howard Schwartz. Together the essays present a coherent theory of the way in which each successive phase of Jewish literature has drawn upon and reimagined the previous ones. The book is organized into four sections: The Ancient Models; The Folk Tradition; Mythic Echoes; Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient

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Reimagining the Bible collects a dozen essays by Howard Schwartz. Together the essays present a coherent theory of the way in which each successive phase of Jewish literature has drawn upon and reimagined the previous ones. The book is organized into four sections: The Ancient Models; The Folk Tradition; Mythic Echoes; Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models. Within these divisions, each of the essays focuses on a specific genre, ranging from Torah and Aggadah to Kabbalah, fairy tales, and the modern Yiddish stories of S.Y. Agnon and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Arguing the important thesis that there is a continuity in Jewish literature which extends from the Biblical era to our own times, over a period of more than 3,000 years, this collection also serves as a guide to the history of that literature, and to the genres it comprises.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195115116
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix(4)
Acknowledgments xiii
Part I The Ancient Models 3(40)
1 Reimagining the Bible
3(9)
2 The Aggadic Tradition
12(19)
3 Tools of Interpretation
31(12)
Part II The Folk Tradition 43(42)
4 On Jewish Fairy Tales
43(13)
5 Mermaid and Siren: The Polar Roles of Lilith and Eve
56(12)
6 Jewish Tales of the Supernatural
68(17)
Part III Mythic Echoes 85(78)
7 The Mythology of Judaism
85(15)
8 Tales of the Great Jewish Mystics
100(31)
9 The Quest for the Lost Princess: Transition and Change in Jewish Lore
131(32)
Part IV Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models 163(40)
10 Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav: Forerunner of Modern Jewish Literature
163(13)
11 S. Y. Agnon, I. L. Peretz, and I. B. Singer: Modern Masters of the Aggadah
176(12)
12 Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models
188(15)
Notes 203(28)
Glossary 231(6)
Bibliography 237(36)
Index 273

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