The Seductiveness of Jewish Myth: Challenge or Response?

The Seductiveness of Jewish Myth: Challenge or Response?

by S. Daniel Breslauer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791436020

ISBN-13: 9780791436028

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A collection of essays focusing on myth in Judaism from biblical to modern times, this book offers a sense of the great diversity of the Jewish religion.

The Seductiveness of Jewish Myth offers a panorama of diverse definitions of myth, understandings of Judaism, and competing evaluations of the “mythic” element in religion.

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Overview

A collection of essays focusing on myth in Judaism from biblical to modern times, this book offers a sense of the great diversity of the Jewish religion.

The Seductiveness of Jewish Myth offers a panorama of diverse definitions of myth, understandings of Judaism, and competing evaluations of the “mythic” element in religion.

The contributors focus on the problem of defining myth as a category in religious studies, examine modern religion and the role of myth in a “secularized” world, and look at specific cases of Jewish myth from biblical through modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791436028
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
SUNY series in Judaica: Hermeneutics, Mysticism, and Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction
S. Daniel Breslauer

Part One: What is Jewish Myth?

The Mythology of Judaism
Howard Schwartz

Poetry, Allegory, and Myth in Saul Tchernichowsky
S. Daniel Breslauer

Can the Teaching of Jewish History be Anything but theTeaching of Myth?
Joel Gereboff

Part Two: Modern Uses of Myth in Judaism

The Invention of a Secular Ritual: Western Jewry and Nationalized Tourism in Palestine, 1922-1933
Michael Berkowitz

A Rustling in the Woods: The Turn to Myth in Weimar Jewish Thought
Steven M. Wasserstrom

Judeophobia, Myth, and Critique
David Norman Smith

Part Three: Case Histories on Myth in Judaism

The Poetics of Myth in Genesis
Ronald S. Hendel

Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Narrative in Philo
Deborah Sills

The Myth of Jesus in Rabbinic Literature
Richard A. Freund

Melchizedek: King, Priest, and God
James R. Davila

The Face of Jacob in the Moon: Mystical Transformations of an Aggadic Myth
Elliot R. Wolfson

Sabbatai Zevi, Metatron, and Mehmed: Myth and History in Seventeenth-Century Judaism
David J. Halperin

Contributors

Index

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