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Introduction xv II. GINZBERG’S LEGENDS LOUIS GINZBERG ( 1873- 1953) grew up in the shadow of legend. An aura of wonder and a mist of fable surrounded the memory of his famous ancestor, Rabbi Elijah of Vilna. At Kovno, Ginzberg’s birthplace in Lithua-nia, and indeed wherever Hebrew books were cherished, the magic of this eighteenth- century saint and scholar continued as a living inspiration. Ginzberg often referred to Rabbi Elijah as both the last classic of Juda-ism and the pioneer of its modern scholarship. That paradox is charac-teristic of Ginzberg’s own aspiration and achievement. For in him, too, the old and the new were admirably blended. In seats of learning of East European Jewry he early gained thorough knowledge of talmudic and rabbinic lore. At the University of Strassburg, under Theodor Nöldeke, he studied Semitic languages and literatures which, with his own wide reading in ancient and modern classics and his ingrained sense for meth-od, gave him full command of the tools of critical inquiry. The past and the present seemed in him to sustain each other in fruitful concord. Current thought and modern science kept ever fresh and fertile the na-tive soil of ancient tradition in which he was firmly rooted. Ginzberg began his investigation of the legends of the Bible with a dissertation on the Haggadah of the Church Fathers, published in two parts in 1899 and in 1900. Four more installments followed on the same theme, all the overflow of his first effort and the harbingers of his ultimate at-tainment. In these monographs Ginzberg set out to search in the writings of the Church Fathers for remains of haggadah or legends of the Bible. Such a task would seem comparatively easy whenever the writers themselves men-tioned their sources and said expressly: the Hebrews report ( tradunt He-braei, aiunt Hebraei). But open acknowledgment was not the medieval practice, and the authors often kept their information undisclosed, or in-accurate, or tantalizingly vague. Furthermore, unless what was said in Greek or Syriac or Latin could be rendered back into the language of the Hebrew Scriptures, and related to kindred records of legendary lore in the Hebrew tradition, the reading of the Fathers would remain fruitless and unrewarding for the exploration of haggadah. Because Ginzberg brought to the study of the Church Fathers his unrivaled knowledge of   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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FRONT MATTERTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTSINTRODUCTION by Shalom SpiegelI. The Creation of the WorldThe First Things Created The Alphabet The First Day The Second Day The Third Day The Fourth Day The Fifth Day The Sixth Day All Things Praise the Lord II. AdamMan and the World The Angels and the Creation of Man The Creation of Adam The Soul of Man The Ideal Man The Fall of Satan Woman Adam and Eve in Paradise The Fall of Man The Punishment Sabbath in Heaven Adam's Repentance The Sickness of Adam Eve's Story of the Fall The Death of Adam The Death of Eve III. The Ten GenerationsThe Birth of Cain FratricideThe Punishment of CainThe Inhabitants of the Seven EarthsThe Descendants of CainSeth and His DescendantsEnoshThe Fall of the AngelsThe Translation of EnochMethuselahIV. NoahThe Birth of NoahThe Punishment of the Fallen Angels The Generation of the Deluge The Holy Book The Inmates of the Ark The Flood Noah Leaves the Ark The Curse of Drunkenness The Depravity of Mankind Nimrod The Tower of Babel V. AbrahamThe Wicked Generations The Birth of Abraham The Babe Proclaims God Abraham's First Appearance in Public The Preacher of the True Faith In the Fiery Furnace Abraham Emigrates to Haran His Sojourn in Egypt The First Pharaoh The War of the Kings The Covenant of the Pieces The Birth of Ishmael The Visit of the Angels The Cities of Sin Abraham Pleads for the Sinners The Destruction of the Sinful Cities Among the Philistines The Birth of Isaac Ishmael Cast Off The Two Wives of Ishmael The Covenant with Abimelech Satan Accuses Abraham The Journey to Moriah The ‘Akedah The Death and Burial of Sarah Eliezer's Mission The Wooing of Rebekah A Herald of Death Abraham Views Earth and Heaven VI. JacobThe Birth of Esau and Jacob The Favorite of Abraham The Sale of the Birthright Isaac with the Philistines Isaac Blesses Jacob Esau's True Character Revealed Jacob Leaves His Father's House Jacob Pursued by Eliphaz and Esau The Day of Miracles Jacob with Laban The Marriage of Jacob The Birth of ]acob's Children Jacob Flees before Laban The Covenant with Laban Jacob and Esau Prepare to Meet Jacob Wrestles with the Angel The Meeting between Esau and Jacob Esau's Campaign against Jacob VII. JosephThe Favorite Son Joseph Hated by His Brethren Joseph Cast into the Pit The Sale Joseph's Three Masters Joseph's Coat Brought to His Father Joseph the Slave of Potiphar Joseph and Zuleika Joseph Resists Temptation Joseph in Prison Pharaoh's Dreams Joseph before Pharaoh The Ruler of Egypt Joseph's Brethren in Egypt Joseph Meets His Brethren The Second Journey to Egypt Joseph and Benjamin The Thief Caught Judah Pleads and Threatens Joseph Makes Himself Known Jacob Receives the Glad Tidings Jacob Arrives in Egypt Jacob's Last Wish The Blessing of the Twelve Tribes The Death of Jacob ]oseph's Magnanimity The Death and Burial of Joseph VIII. JobJob and the Patriarchs Job's Wealth and Benefactions Satan and Job Job's Suffering The Four Friends Job Restored IX. Moses in EgyptThe Beginning of the Egyptian Bondage Pharaoh's Cunning The Pious Midwives The Three Counsellors The Slaughter of the Innocents The Parents of Moses The Birth of Moses Moses Rescued from the Water The Infancy of Moses Moses Rescued by Gabriel The Youth of Moses The Flight The King of Ethiopia Jethro Moses Marries Zipporah A Bloody RemedyThe Faithful Shepherd The Burning Thorn-bush The Ascension of Moses Moses Visits Paradise and Hell Moses Declines the Mission Moses Punished for His Stubbornness The Return to Egypt Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh The Suffering Increases Measure for Measure The Plagues Brought through Aaron The Plagues Brought through Moses The First Passover The Smiting of the First- born The Redemption of Israel from Egyptian Bondage The Exodus X. Moses in the WildernessThe Long Route Pharaoh Pursues the Hebrews The Sea Divided The Passage through the Red Sea The Destruction of the Egyptians The Awful Desert The Heavenly Food The Gathering of the Manna Miriam's Well Amalek's War Against Israel Amalek Defeated The Time Is at Hand The Contest of the Mountains The Torah Offered to IsraelIsrael Prepares for the Revelation The Revelation on Mount Sinai The First Commandment The Other Commandments Revealed on Sinai The Unity of the Ten Commandments Moses Chosen as Intermediator Moses and the Angels Strive for the Torah Moses Receives the Torah The Golden Calf Moses Blamed for Israel's Sin The Punishment of the Sinners The Second Tables The Erection of the Tabernacle Commanded Bezalel The Ark The Candlestick The Altar The Completion of the Tabernacle The Consecration of the Priests The Day of the Ten Crowns The Interrupted Joy The Revelations in the Tabernacle The Appointment of the Seventy Elders Aaron and Miriam Slander Moses Miriam's Punishment The Sending of the Spies The Spies in Palestine The Slanderous Report The Night of Tears Ingratitude Punished The Years of Disfavor The Rebellion of Korah Korah Abuses Moses and the Torah Moses Pleads in Vain with Korah Korah and His Horde Punished On and the Three Sons of Korah Saved Israel Convinced of Aaron™s Priesthood The Waters of Meribah Moses' Anger Causes His Doom The Three Shepherds Preparing Aaron for Impending Death Aaron's Death The General Mourning for Aaron At Arnon Sihon, the King of the Amorites The Giant Og Balak, King of Moab Balaam, the Heathen Prophet Balak's Messengers to Balaam Balaam Accepts Balak's Invitation Balaam's Ass Curses Turned into Blessings The Appointment of Joshua Moses' Last Campaign The Defeat of Midian The Gruesome End of Balaam Wealth that Bringeth Destruction Moses' Death Irrevocably Doomed Moses' Prayer for Suspension of Judgment God Tries to Comfort Moses Concerning His Death The Intercessions for Moses Moses Serves Joshua The Last Day of Moses™ Life Moses Beholds the Future Moses Meets the Messiah in Heaven The Last Hours of Moses The Blessing of Moses Moses Prays for Death Samael Chastised by Moses God Kisses Moses' Soul The Mourning for Moses Samael's Vain Search Moses Excels All Pious Men XI. JoshuaThe Servant of Moses Entering the Promised Land Conquest of the Land The Sun Obeys Joshua Allotment of the Land XII. The JudgesThe First Judge Othniel Boaz and Ruth Deborah Samson XIII. Samuel and SaulElkanah and Hannah The Youth of Samuel The Activities of Samuel The Reign of Saul XIV. DavidDavid's Birth and Descent Anointed King Encounter with Goliath Pursued by Saul Wars Ahithophel Joab David's Piety and His Sin Absalom's Rebellion David's Atonement The Death of David David in Paradise His Tomb XV. SolomonHis Wisdom The Queen of Sheba The Building of the Temple The Throne of Solomon The Hippodrome Lessons in Humility Asmodeus Solomon as Beggar The Court of Solomon XVI. Judah and IsraelThe Division of the Kingdom Jeroboam Ahab Jezebel Joram of Israel XVII. ElijahElijah before His Translation After His Translation Censor and Avenger God's Justice Vindicated Forerunner of the Messiah XVIII. Elisha and JonahElisha the Disciple of Elijah The Flight of Jonah Jonah in the Whale The Repentance of Nineveh XIX. The Later Kings of JudahJoash Three Great Prophets Manasseh Josiah and His Successors XX. The ExileZedekiah Jeremiah Nebuchadnezzar The Capture of Jerusalem The Great Lament Jeremiah's Journey to Babylon The Temple Vessels Daniel The Three Men in the Furnace Ezekiel Revives the DeadXXI. The Return of the CaptivityBelshazzar™s Feast Daniel under the Persian Kings The Temple Rebuilt Ezra The Men of the Great Assembly XXII. EstherThe Feast of Purim ABOUT THE AUTHORThe Return of the Captivity
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