Web of Life: Folklore and Midrash in Rabbinic Literature(Contraversions, Jews and other Differences)

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Hasan-Rokem (folklore, Hebrew U. of Jerusalem) analyzes the 5th century rabbinic Midrash (commentary) , expounding on the biblical Book of Lamentations, from a folk narrative as vs. academy-synagogue perspective. Originally published in Hebrew as (Oved, 1996). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 The Study of Folk Narratives in Rabbinic Literature 1
2 The Literary Context of Folk Narratives in the Aggadic Midrash: Interpreting Narrative Structure 16
3 The Genre Context of Folk Narratives in the Aggadic Midrash: Riddles About the Wise People of Jerusalem 39
4 The Comparative Context of Folk Narratives in the Aggadic Midrash: Folk Narrative as Intercultural Discourse 67
5 The Folkloristic Context of Folk Narratives in the Aggadic Midrash: Tales of Dream Interpretation 88
6 The Social Context of Folk Narratives in the Aggadic Midrash: the Feminine Power of Laments, Tales, and Love 108
7 The Religious Context of Folk Narratives in the Aggadic Midrash: the Rhetoric of Intimacy as a Rhetoric of the Sacred 130
8 The Historical Context of Folk Narratives in the Aggadic Midrash: Three Tales on Messianism 146
Epilogue: Rabbi Joshua's Odyssey 191
Notes 203
Bibliography 251
General Index 275
Index to the Bible and Rabbinic Literature 285
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