Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from...

This extraordinary volume is framed by two major original essays by the editors. Through sixteen unusual selections from ancient and medieval Hebrew texts, sensitively rendered into English prose, it reveals facets of the Jewish experience and tradition that would otherwise remain unknown.

Copyright © 2001 by Varda Books Original copyright © 1998 1990 by The Jewish Publication Society First edition All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America Illustrations on pages i, 44, 63, 129, 158, 225, and 323 © Mimi Gross Illustrations on pages 76, 96, 209, and 247 © Inger Johanne Grytting Illustrations on pages 300, 302, 305, 308, and 309 are courtesy of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. This ebook has been published with permission of The Jewish Publication Society ( Philadelphia). The printed book, which served as a basis for this book is catalogued by the Library of Congress thus: Rabbinic fantasies: imaginative narratives from classical Hebrew literature I edited by David Stern and Mark Jay Mirsky; [ translations by Norman Bronznick et al.]. p. cm. “ An Edward E. Elson book”— Half t. p. ISBN 0- 8276/ 0363- 0 I. Midrash— Translations into English. 2. Aggada— Translations into English. 3. Parables, Jewish. 4. Jewish religious fiction. 5. Hebrew literature— Translations into English. 6. English literature— Translations from Hebrew. I. Stern, David. 1949– II. Mirsky, Mark. BM512. R28 1990 296.1 9— dc20 90- 32680 CIP Designed by Adnanne Onderdonk Dudden The publication of this book was made possible by a gift in honor of Susie Elson. New ISBN 1- 59045- 715- 3 Reader PDF No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage retrieval system, except for brief passages in connection with a critical review, without permission in writing from the publisher: Varda Books, 9001 Keating Avenue, Skokie, Illinois, USA Prepared as an ebook by Varda Graphics, Inc.

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTSACKNOWLEDGMENTSINTRODUCTIONTHE BIBLE AND MIDRASHTHE MASHALAPOCALYPTIC NARRATIVEEARLY MEDIEVAL NARRATIVESMidrash on the Ten CommandmentsThe Tale of the JerusalemiteThe Legend of the Ten MartyrsThe Alphabet of Ben SiraSACRED BIOGRAPHYTHE MAQAMATOWARD MODERN LITERATURENOTESA NOTE ON THE SELECTIONS AND THE TRANSLATIONS1. RABBINIC PARABLESNOTES2. TWO NARRATIVES ABOUT GODNOTES3. JONAH AND THE SAILORSNOTES4. SEFER ZERUBBABELNOTES5. MIDRASH ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTSFIRST COMMANDMENT: I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.THIRD COMMANDMENT: DO NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN.FIFTH COMMANDMENT: HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER.SEVENTH COMMANDMENT: DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.NINTH COMMANDMENT: DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR. (Exodus 20: 13)NOTES6. THE TALE OF THE JERUSALEMITENOTES7. MIDRASH ELEH EZKERAHNOTES8. THE ALPHABET OF BEN SIRANOTES9. PARABLES FROM SEFER HA-BAHIRNOTES10. NARRATIVE FANTASIES FROM SEFER HASIDIMNOTES11. LOVE IN THE AFTERLIFENOTES12. ASHER IN THE HAREMNOTES13. THE MISOGYNISTNOTES14. THE SORCERERNOTES15. JOS NOVELLANOTES16. THE “DREAM-TALKS” OF NAHMAN OF BRATSLAVNOTESIN A TURN OF THE SCROLL: AN AFTERWORDNOTES
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