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

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

by Howard Schwartz
     
 

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
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Ancient Models
1Reimagining the Bible3
2The Aggadic Tradition12
3Tools of Interpretation31
Pt. IIThe Folk Tradition
4On Jewish Fairy Tales43
5Mermaid and Siren: The Polar Roles of Lilith and Eve56
6Jewish Tales of the Supernatural68
Pt. IIIMythic Echoes
7The Mythology of Judaism85
8Tales of the Great Jewish Mystics100
9The Quest for the Lost Princess: Transition and Change in Jewish Lore131
Pt. IVModern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models
10Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav: Forerunner of Modern Jewish Literature163
11S.Y. Agnon, I.L. Peretz, and I.B. Singer: Modern Masters of the Aggadah176
12Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models188
Notes203
Glossary231
Bibliography237
Index273

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