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Translated from original Hebrew version of the SEVEN SAGES, this collection of fascinating stories--based on unpublished manuscripts--makes available the complete English translation of Mishle Sendebar, the Hebrew version of an enormously popular medieval romance which originated in the East and was subsequently transmitted westward.

PREFACE Tales of Sendebar ( Mishle Sendebar) is an enormously popular me-dieval romance which had its origin in the East and was sub-sequently transmitted westward. The astonishing vitality of this collection of narratives, whose central anti- feminist motif portrays woman’s purported wicked-ness and wiles, is attested by the existence of eight Eastern ver-sions— Greek, Syriac, Old Spanish, three Persian, Arabic, and Hebrew— and scores of Occidental versions in all the major Western languages. Of them all, the Hebrew is the most important, for it was prob-ably the bridge linking Eastern and Western forms. Yet it has never been edited from the earliest medieval manuscripts, nor translated into English. When I undertook to prepare a new edition along with an English translation for my doctoral degree in English literature at New York University ( not as far- fetched as it seems, for I was led to Mishle Sendebar via the Middle English renderings), I had no idea how fruitful and fascinating the project was to become. I began with the invaluable bibliography in Steinschneider’s Die Hebräischen Uebersetzungen. Correspondence soon unearthed a rich-er yield. Photocopies of unknown MSS arrived via ordinary mail from such unlikely places as the Saltykov- Schedrin Library in Leningrad and the Jewish Theological Seminary in Budapest. My study undertook a five- fold task: ( 1) the presentation of a critical text of Mishle Sendebar based on hitherto unpublished  C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only.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 PageDedication PagePREFACECONTENTSILLUSTRATIONSABBREVIATIONSINTRODUCTION1. THE BOOK OF SINDIBAD AND THE SEVEN SAGES2. THE DATE AND SOURCE OF MISHLE SENDEBAR3. MISHLE SENDEBAR AND THE OTHER EASTERN VERSIONS4. THE THREE NEW STORIES IN MISHLE SENDEBAR5. A HYPOTHESIS6. TEXT AND ARRANGEMENTMISHLE SENDEBAR: TALES OF SENDEBAR TEXT, VARIANTS, NOTES AND ENGLISH TRANSLATIONAvisLavatorTurturesCatulaStriga et FonsCanisPalliumSimiaPanesZucharaAperBalneatorGladiusAbsalom RebellusAbsalom MortuusNominaIuvenis FeminaJusjurandumFur et LunaIngeniaVulpesGibbosiSenex CaecusAPPENDICESA. THE EASTERN VERSIONSB. THE SEVEN SAGES IN EUROPEC. THE MANUSCRIPTS, PRINTED EDITIONS, AND TRANSLATIONS OF MISHLE SENDEBARD. AUTHORSHIP OF MISHLE SENDEBARE. THE NAMES OF THE SAGESF. FUR ET LUNA: A COMPARISONG. TABLE OF STORIES AND THEIR ORDER IN MINOTESGLOSSARY OF TERMSBIBLIOGRAPHY
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