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Legends of the Bible Paperback – May 15, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 646 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; First Paperback Edition edition (May 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827604041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827604049
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When Louis Ginzberg died in 1953, he was recognized as the world's outstanding scholar in the field of Talmudic learning. His studies were carried on at the universities of Berlin, Strasbourg and Heidelberg, and since 1902 at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he served as distinction as Professor of Talmud for more than half a century. He was born in Lithuania in 1873, and he settled permanently in the United States in 1899. The Legends of the Jews, of which this book is an abridgment, took seventeen years to complete. The index alone to the complete work runs to 612 pages, and the notes fill two volumes. When Harvard University gave him an honorary degree at its Tercentenary Celebration, the citation called him a "profound scholar of the laws and legends in Talmudic literature." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
I have often wondered about the completeness of the stories told in the bible. After performing considerable research and concluding that stories as set forth in the bible were not in fact complete, I stumbled across this book. I was captivated by the use of names and situations so easily correlated to those situations without names found in the bible. So many questions going unanswered for many years now suddenly came to closure as a result of reading this book. It forced me to find the seven volume set of "Legends of the Jews" which was accomplished without the knowledge of "amazon.com"...but I certainly thank God for your existence today. This book is a 10 and I use it in my religion studies at my college prep high school. The students rate it as illuminating.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Orville B. Jenkins VINE VOICE on July 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
The publisher's liner notes introduce this book with these words:

"Variations of the stories in scriptures as told and retold in the ancient east from the days of Abraham, in synagogues and churches and the homes of a hundred generations of men." This is a representative selection from a 7-volume series by the author. These stories give valuable insights into the eastern concept of the story, and the character of the stories in Genesis.

Oral Culture Stories
These legendary stories reveal a context of worldview and oral culture that shed light on the styles and forms of thought behind the Old Testament accounts that often puzzle and confuse modern, western readers. Forms of many of the stories illustrate a characteristic of oral cultures, a dynamic and immediate concept of history. Events and their meanings are the unifying focus for use of details, not an objective historical sequence preferred by recent analytical western concepts of linear history.

People from different eras of history in the western linear understanding of events, all participate in the same events. Some of the characters found in stories about the Egyptian captivity are biblical characters from time of the conquest of Canaan, David's era and even the rebuilding of the Temple after the Babylonian captivity and the Roman period in Israel! Stories about the Creation involve angels and various historical personalities conferring with God about options and alternatives.

Personifications
One of those personalities is the personified Torah, another is the Sabbath. Stories of the Patriarchs are retold in multiple forms for various reasons, and from varied geographic and historical contexts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Etan Sazle on March 4, 2011
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A great book that combines the stories of the old testament with jewish Aggada. Answers all your questions that are covered in the Aggada but considered too detailed for bible inclusion. For example if Adam and eve had two sons, Cain and Abel, whom did they marry?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By openminded1 on September 19, 2013
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It's a very nice read and fills in some of the gaps that are in the bible. Regardless if you take the biblical stories as literal or not, this is a gem for any theological library.
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