Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature

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David Stern, Mark Jay Mirsky
Yale University Press, 1998 - 376 Seiten

This remarkable anthology of sixteen narratives from ancient and medieval Hebrew texts opens a new window onto the Jewish imagination. Presenting the captivating world of rabbinic storytelling, it reveals facets of the Jewish experience and tradition that would otherwise have remained unknown and examines the surprisingly deep connection between the values of classical Judaism and the art of imaginative narrative writing.


Virtually all the narratives appear here in English for the first time. Sometimes pious, sometimes playful, and sometimes almost scandalous, they are each accompanied by an introduction and notes. The selections are framed by essays by David Stern and Mark Jay Mirsky that examine the various moods and forms in which the rabbinic imagination found expression and explore the impact that this unique form of narrative has had on modern fiction. The translations are by Norman Bronznick, Yaakov Elman, Michal Govrin, Arthur Green, Martha Himmelfarb, Ivan Marcus, Mark Jay Mirsky, Joel Rosenberg, David Ruderman, Raymond Scheindlin, David Stern, and Avi Weinstein.

 

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Inhalt

Acknowledgments
9
DAVID STERN
28
RABBINIC PARABLES
35
TWO NARRATIVES ABOUT GOD
47
JONAH AND THE SAILORS
59
SEFER ZERUBBABEL
67
MIDRASH ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
91
THE TALE OF THE JERUSALEMITE
121
MIDRASH ELEH EZKERAH
143
THE ALPHABET OF BEN SIRA
167
PARABLES FROM SEFER HABAHIR
203
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (1998)

David Stern is professor of post-biblical and medieval Hebrew literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark Jay Mirsky, professor of English at City University of New York, is the editor of Fiction magazine.

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