Reimagining the Bible: The Storytelling of the Rabbis

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - 289 páginas
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.

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Reimagining the Bible
3
On Jewish Fairy Tales
43
The Polar Roles
56
Jewish Tales of the Supernatural
68
The Mythology of Judaism
85
Tales of the Great Jewish Mystics
100
Modern Jewish Literature and the Ancient Models
203
Glossary
231
Bibliography
237
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Howard Schwartz is at University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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