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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195115116
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

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