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Tree of souls : the mythology of Judaism

Author: Howard Schwartz; Caren Loebel-Fried
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2007]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing from the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and Midrash, the kabbalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral lore collected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the key Jewish myths. For each myth, he includes extensive commentary, revealing the source of the myth and explaining how it relates to other Jewish myths as well as to world literature --from  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Schwartz; Caren Loebel-Fried
ISBN: 9780195327137 0195327136
OCLC Number: 181590960
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Reference Named one of St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Notable Books of 2004.
Description: lxxxvi, 618 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The mythical strata of Judaism --
The categories of Jewish mythology --
Mythic parallels --
Myth and ritual in Judaism --
The light of the first day --
The continuing evolution of Jewish mythology --
Book 1: Myths of God --
Book 2: Myths of creation --
Book 3: Myths of heaven --
Book 4: Myths of hell --
Book 5: Myths of the holy word --
Book 6: Myths of the holy time --
Book 7: Myths of the holy people --
Book 8: Myths of the Holy Land --
Book 9: Myths of exile --
Book 10: Myths of the Messiah.
Responsibility: Howard Schwartz ; illustrated by Caren Loebel-Fried ; foreword by Elliot K. Ginsburg.

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Drawing from the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and Midrash, the kabbalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral lore collected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the key Jewish myths. For each myth, he includes extensive commentary, revealing the source of the myth and explaining how it relates to other Jewish myths as well as to world literature --from publisher description.
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"Tree of Souls promises to shatter the myth that Judaism is mythless. Drawing on primary source texts of the Jewish tradition itself, storyteller Howard Schwartz introduces us to a dimension of this Read more...

 
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