Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism / Edition 1

Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism / Edition 1

by Howard Schwartz, Caren Loebel-Fried
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195327136

ISBN-13: 9780195327137

Pub. Date: 07/27/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The first anthology of Jewish mythology in English, Tree of Souls reveals a mythical tradition as rich and as fascinating as any in the world. Drawing from the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and Midrash, the kabbalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral lore collected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the

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The first anthology of Jewish mythology in English, Tree of Souls reveals a mythical tradition as rich and as fascinating as any in the world. Drawing from the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and Midrash, the kabbalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral lore collected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the key Jewish myths. The myths themselves are marvelous. We read of Adams diamond and the Land of Eretz (where it is always dark), the fall of Lucifer and the quarrel of the sun and the moon, the Treasury of Souls and the Divine Chariot. We discover new tales about the great figures of the Hebrew Bible, from Adam to Moses; stories about God's Bride, the Shekhinah, and the evil temptress, Lilith; plus many tales about angels and demons, spirits and vampires, giant beasts and the Golem. Equally important, Schwartz provides a wealth of additional information. For each myth, he includes extensive commentary, revealing the source of the myth and explaining how it relates to other Jewish myths as well as to world literature (for instance, comparing Eves release of evil into the world with Pandoras). For ease of use, Schwartz divides the volume into ten books, Myths of God, Myths of Creation, Myths of Heaven, Myths of Hell, Myths of the Holy Word, Myths of the Holy Time, Myths of the Holy People, Myths of the Holy Land, Myths of Exile, and Myths of the Messiah.

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ISBN-13:
9780195327137
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/27/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
629,848
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Book One:. Myths of God
Book Two:. Myths of Creation
Book Three:. Myths of Heaven
Book Four:. Myths of Hell
Book Five:. Myths of the Holy Word
Book Six:. Myths of the Holy Time
Book Seven:. Myths of the Holy People
Book Eight:. Myths of the Holy Land
Book Nine:. Myths of Exile
Book Ten:. Myths of the Messiah

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