By Louis Ginzberg
Both, complete 2 quantity set.
The JPS vintage reissue of a Jewish masterpiece, reset in volumes with all new indexes. To today Legends of the Jews is still a so much notable and accomplished compilation of reports attached to the Hebrew Bible. it truly is an fundamental reference on that physique of literature often called Midrash, the innovative retelling and elaboration on Bible tales within which mythological stories approximately demons and magic co-exist with moralistic tales in regards to the piety of the patriarchs. Legends is the 1st booklet to which one turns to profit concerning the postbiblical knowing of a biblical episode, or to find the resource for biblical legends that can not be traced on to the Bible. it's also the 1st position to discover the solutions to such questions as: on what day was once Abraham born; what used to be Moses' actual visual appeal, or what used to be the identify of Potiphar's spouse.
Launched in 1901 by way of The Jewish booklet Society, the unique venture all started as a unmarried quantity of 1,000 pages yet grew a lot better through 1938, whilst the 7th quantity containing the indexes was once ultimately released. Louis Ginzberg used to be 28 years outdated while Henrietta Szold, secretary of the Society, ready the agreement for what was once conceived as a small, well known quantity on Jewish legends. because the scion of 2 exceptional rabbinical households, Ginzberg studied within the nice Lithuanian yeshivot of Telz and Slobodka. Later he got his secular schooling at Strassburg and Heidelberg universities. this mix of non secular and secular studying enabled him to pursue with nice ardour the wide-ranging roots of Jewish legend. Ginzberg believed that Jewish legend used to be either previous and bigger than what used to be represented within the Talmud and midrashic collections--the basic Rabbinic resources. And so he scoured Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and Oriental resources to rediscover the fantastic threads of Jewish legend. the end result used to be a masterpiece: a unmarried, coherent choice of legends that follows the biblical narrative, observed by way of particular notes that show a posh subtext of frequently intersecting and multi-layered degrees of impact, borrowed notions, and interpretive commentaries.
Four new indexes and a brand new advent by means of David Stern, Professor of Postbiblical and Medieval Hebrew Literature, and Director of the Jewish reports application on the college of Pennsylvania, entire the reissue of 1 of the best classics of contemporary Jewish literature.