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.

ix ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This anthology has generated many debts of gratitude along the road to its completion. Eight of the translations in the present collection, along with earlier versions of the Introduction and Afterword, first appeared in Fiction, Vol. 7, Nos. 1 and 2, as a special section entitled “ Rabbinic Fantasy,” edited by David Stem and Mark Mirsky, and in Fiction, Vol. 7, No. 3. The editors wish to express their gratitude to Fiction for permission to reprint those translations, although several have been revised since their original appearance. The editors also wish to thank several colleagues and friends who read and criticized translations at different stages: Lynne Rentoul Klein, Chris-tina Brazelton, Daniel Matt, Alan Mintz, Raymond Scheindlin, and Eliezer Slomovic. David Rosenberg was decisive in encouraging us to expand the original anthology into the present volume. Sheila Segal offered invaluable editorial advice and support throughout, and Ilene Cohen provided expert copy editing. Finally, our wives Inger Grytting and Kathryn Hellerstein gave unstintingly of their considerable literary, artistic, and critical gifts.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C

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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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