Reimagining the Bible: The Storytelling of the Rabbis

Reimagining the Bible: The Storytelling of the Rabbis

by Howard Schwartz


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Reimagining the Bible collects a dozen essays by Howard Schwartz. Together the essays present a coherent theory of the way in which each successive phase of Jewish literature has drawn upon and reimagined the previous ones. The book is organized into four sections: The Ancient Models; The Folk Tradition; Mythic Echoes; Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models. Within these divisions, each of the essays focuses on a specific genre, ranging from Torah and Aggadah to Kabbalah, fairy tales, and the modern Yiddish stories of S.Y. Agnon and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Arguing the important thesis that there is a continuity in Jewish literature which extends from the Biblical era to our own times, over a period of more than 3,000 years, this collection also serves as a guide to the history of that literature, and to the genres it comprises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195104998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/15/1998
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface ix(4)
Acknowledgments xiii
Part I The Ancient Models 3(40)
1 Reimagining the Bible
2 The Aggadic Tradition
3 Tools of Interpretation
Part II The Folk Tradition 43(42)
4 On Jewish Fairy Tales
5 Mermaid and Siren: The Polar Roles of Lilith and Eve
6 Jewish Tales of the Supernatural
Part III Mythic Echoes 85(78)
7 The Mythology of Judaism
8 Tales of the Great Jewish Mystics
9 The Quest for the Lost Princess: Transition and Change in Jewish Lore
Part IV Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models 163(40)
10 Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav: Forerunner of Modern Jewish Literature
11 S. Y. Agnon, I. L. Peretz, and I. B. Singer: Modern Masters of the Aggadah
12 Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models
Notes 203(28)
Glossary 231(6)
Bibliography 237(36)
Index 273

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