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

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…  See more details below

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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
Introduction1
The Mythology of Judaism11
Poetry, Allegory, and Myth in Saul Tchernichowsky27
Can the Teaching of Jewish History be Anything but the Teaching of Myth?43
The Invention of a Secular Ritual: Western Jewry and Nationalized Tourism in Palestine, 1922-193373
A Rustling in the Woods: The Turn to Myth in Weimar Jewish Thought97
Judeophobia, Myth, and Critique123
The Poetics of Myth in Genesis157
Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Narrative in Philo171
The Myth of Jesus in Rabbinic Literature191
Melchizedek: King, Priest, and God217
The Face of Jacob in the Moon: Mystical Transformations of an Aggadic Myth235
Sabbatai Zevi, Metatron, and Mehmed: Myth and History in Seventeenth-Century Judaism271
Contributors309
Index311

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