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Legends of the Jews [Hardcover]

David M. Stern , Louis Ginzberg

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1 July 2003
This is the JPS classic reissue of a Jewish masterpiece, reset in two volumes with all new indexes. To this day "Legends of the Jews" remains a most remarkable and comprehensive compilation of stories connected to the Hebrew Bible. It is an indispensable reference on that body of literature known as Midrash, the imaginative retelling and elaboration on Bible stories in which mythological tales about demons and magic co-exist with moralistic stories about the piety of the patriarchs. "Legends" is the first book to which one turns to learn about the postbiblical understanding of a biblical episode, or to discover the source for biblical legends that cannot be traced directly to the Bible. It is also the first place to find the answers to such questions as: on what day was Abraham born; what was Moses' physical appearance, or what was the name of Potiphar's wife. Launched in 1901 by The Jewish Publication Society, the original project began as a single volume of 1,000 pages but grew much larger by 1938, when the seventh volume containing the indexes was finally published. Louis Ginzberg was 28 years old when Henrietta Szold, secretary of the Society, prepared the contract for what was conceived as a small, popular volume on Jewish legends. As the scion of two distinguished rabbinical families, Ginzberg studied in the great Lithuanian yeshivot of Telz and Slobodka. Later he received his secular education at Strassburg and Heidelberg universities. This combination of religious and secular learning enabled him to pursue with great passion the wide-ranging roots of Jewish legend. Ginzberg believed that Jewish legend was both earlier and greater than what was represented in the Talmud and midrashic collections - the primary Rabbinic sources. And so he scoured Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Oriental sources to rediscover the fine threads of Jewish legend. The result was a masterpiece: a single, coherent collection of legends that follows the biblical narrative, accompanied by detailed notes that reveal a complex subtext of often intersecting and multi-layered levels of influence, borrowed notions, and interpretive commentaries. Four new indexes and a new introduction by David Stern, Professor of Postbiblical and Medieval Hebrew Literature, and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, complete the reissue of one of the greatest classics of modern Jewish literature.


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  • Hardcover: 1650 pages
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society; New edition edition (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827607091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827607095
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 16.8 x 10.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,733,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Couldn't put it down. 2 April 2011
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If you are a lover of Jewish history, Christian history, and are open minded enough to listen to legends and glean possible truth from ancient spoken tradition that has been finally gathered into one resource for us to read, then this book will be amazing to you. This is one of my favorite books of all time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This Edition! 23 Jan 2008
By J. T. Nunno - Published on Amazon.com
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This Edition is messed up I just got it expecting Vol 1 (Becuase thats what the cover says) But the inside pages are Vol 2!! Total waste of money for me becuase I needed Vol I. Buy a diffrent edition. I would have given no stars if I could have.
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great stories of the torah that you will never see elsewhere and makes you really think about the portion itself
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