First published in hardcover between 1909 and 1938, Louis Ginzberg's seven-volume collection of Jewish legends is a monumental work of scholarship. He assembled the many elaborations and embellishments of Biblical stories that flourished in the centuries following the Bible's own creation, stories that were created to impart lessons or to fill gaps in the Bible's own narrative. Gathered from a myriad of original sources<-->written in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Syrian, Aramaic, Arabic, and Persian among other languages<-->the stories are presented with Ginzberg's extensive notes (contained in volumes 5 and 6) and an index to all the volumes in volume 7. Apparently, there is no ISBN for the entire set. See entries for the other volumes to learn their coverage, price, and ISBN. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.