Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives From Classical by David Stern, Mark Jay Mirsky

By David Stern, Mark Jay Mirsky

This extraordinary anthology of 16 narratives from historical and medieval Hebrew texts opens a brand new window onto the Jewish mind's eye. proposing the pleasing global of rabbinic storytelling, it finds aspects of the Jewish adventure and culture that will in a different way have remained unknown and examines the unusually deep connection among the values of classical Judaism and the paintings of creative narrative writing. almost all of the narratives seem the following in English for the 1st time. occasionally pious, occasionally playful, and infrequently nearly scandalous, they're every one followed by means of an advent and notes. the choices are framed via essays by way of David Stern and Mark Jay Mirsky that research some of the moods and types during which the rabbinic mind's eye chanced on expression and discover the effect that this targeted type of narrative has had on smooth fiction. The translations are through Norman Bronznick, Yaakov Elman, Michal Govrin, Arthur eco-friendly, Martha Himmelfarb, Ivan Marcus, Mark Jay Mirsky, Joel Rosenberg, David Ruderman, Raymond Scheindlin, David Stern, and Avi Weinstein.

Show description

Read Online or Download Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives From Classical Hebrew Literature PDF

Similar middle eastern books

The Muslim Revolt: A Journey Through Political Islam (Columbia Hurst)

"We pay a excessive fee once we fail to appreciate Islam," writes Roger Hardy during this well timed advisor. Designed for readers of all backgrounds, this ebook demystifies the phenomenon of Islamism and the forces that force it, situating the stream inside of a clarifying background that perspectives Islamism, for the final 2 hundred years, because the made of a conflict opposed to Western domination and by reason of the disappointments of modernization.

Okakura Tenshin and Pan-Asianism: Shadows of the Past

This quantity explores 4 key subject matters emanating from Okakura Tenshin's philosophy and legacy: Okakura Tenshin and the appropriate of Pan-Asianism; different kinds of Pan-Asianism (especially Islam and China); paintings and Asia; and, methods of defining Asia (up to the current day). Okakura Tenshin (1862-1913), artwork historian and ideologue pushed via a thought of Asia sure by means of tradition, is an important determine in Japan's smooth highbrow heritage.

Additional resources for Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives From Classical Hebrew Literature

Example text

There is good reason to suppose that “The Alphabet” was not a unique text even if it is the sole lengthy example of its genre from early medieval Jewish literature to survive. Like “The Tale of the Jerusalemite,” “The Alphabet” has been taken by some modem scholars for folklore that has been “worked up” into literature, and it has been read by others simply as a gross example of popular entertainment. In fact, the sophistication of both its parodies and its narrative technique suggests that this work is actually as close to an example of “high” literary art as can be found in 21 << Chapter>> Home | TOC Rabbinic Fantasies medieval Jewish literature.

Because the biblical script is unpointed and lacks vowelization, the vowels of a word can easily be repointed, thus changing one word into another—a technique the rabbis frequently exploit in midrash, as here, for the purposes of their interpretations. , the soul. � 5. “This” (zot) in Lamentations 3:21 is taken to refer to the Torah—a commonplace of rabbinic exegesis. � 6. ” � 7. E. � 46 << Chapter>> Home | TOC �� TWO NARRATIVES ABOUT GOD The following two narratives are preserved in Lamentations Rabbati, the amoraic midrash on the Book of Lamentations, as part of a petihta, or proem.

2 Introduction and translation by D AV I D S T E R N 48 << Chapter>> Home | TOC Two Narratives About God I � ere is another interpretation of “The Lord God of Hosts summoned on that day to weeping and lamenting, to tonsuring and girding with sackcloth” (Isaiah 22:12): When the Holy One, blessed be He, sought to destroy the Temple, He said, “All the time that I am inside it, the nations of the world cannot harm the Temple. But I will turn my eyes aside and take a vow not to live in it until the end time.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.11 of 5 – based on 46 votes