Mimekor Yisrael, Abridged and Annotated Edition

Mimekor Yisrael, Abridged and Annotated Edition : Classical Jewish Folktales

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[Bin Gorion's] crowning achievement was Mimekor Yisrael, a multilayered compendium of post-biblical Jewish lore and demonology." -Commentary

One of the most extraordinary publishing events in my memory-a huge source of discoveries of the quintessential Jewish experience." -Nat Hentoff

This is a most important collection, actually unique in its field. I recommend it to all good readers." -Isaac Bashevis Singer

It is wonderful to have this treasure trove of Jewish Folktales finally available in English." -Bruno Bettelheim

Indispensable to anyone wishing to learn and explore the beauty of ancient Jewish legends." -Elie Wiesel

For this new edition, Dan Ben-Amos has added commentary, historical identification of personalities and events, extensive headnotes, and a survey of relevant editions and sources. A truly monumental work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 20mm | 459.99g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Abridged and Annotated Edition
  • 0253205883
  • 9780253205889
  • 1,545,304

Table of contents

Preface/Dan Ben-Amos
Micha Josef bin Gorion (Berdyczewski)/Emanuel bin Gorion
Introduction/Dan Ben-Amos

A. In Bible Days
a. From the Days of Genesis
b. Abraham
c. Moses and Joshua
d. Saul, David, and Solomon
e. Under Three Alien Kings

B. In the Days of the Second Temple
a. Alexander the Great
b. In the Days of the Maccabees and King Herod

C. Talmudic Tales
a. Masters of the Oral Law
b. Commandments and Rites
c. This World and the World to Come

D. Rabbinical Tales
a. Medieval Historical Legends
b. In the Land of Israel
c. Forebears and Descendants
d. Kabbalists
e. Hasidim

E. Timeless Tales
a. Stories of Love and Fidelity
b. Fantasies and Poetic Stories
c. The Way of the Righteous
d. Stories of Elijah The Prophet
e. Ethical Exempla
f. Wisdom Tales
g. Enigmas and Fables

Selected Bibliography
Motif Index
Type Index
Author Index
Source Index
General Index
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