Reimagining the Bible: The Storytelling of the Rabbis by Howard Schwartz

By Howard Schwartz

Reimagining the Bible collects a dozen essays through Howard Schwartz. jointly the essays current a coherent concept of how during which each one successive section of Jewish literature has drawn upon and reimagined the former ones. The publication is equipped into 4 sections: the traditional types; the people culture; Mythic Echoes; and glossy Jewish Literature and the traditional types. inside those divisions, all of the essays specializes in a particular style, starting from Torah and Aggadah to Kabbalah, fairy stories, and the fashionable Yiddish tales of S.Y. Agnon and Isaac Bashevis Singer.Arguing the $64000 thesis that there's a continuity in Jewish literature which extends from the Biblical period to our personal times--a interval of over 3,000 years--this assortment additionally serves as a consultant to the background of that literature, and to the genres it includes.

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Such a system made possible identification with a biblical patriarch or king, and, at the same time, offered an opportunity to incorporate personal dreams and fantasies into the Aggadah.  Also, note the presence of Cain's name in that of the descendant who assists in killing him, hinting that Cain, in a sense, killed himself.  31 This reading also supports the biblical injunction that the punishment for murder be death,32 and avoids setting the precedent that exceptions to this rule be permitted.

So they arrived at what was for them the logical conclusion: they were the same person.  And in this case the clue involved another matter that is missing in the biblical narrative: how the sons of Jacob finally informed him that his beloved son, Joseph, was not dead after all.  Now they had to go back to their father, Jacob, a frail old man, and tell him that Joseph was alive after all.  The sign of the true redeemer is that whoever would say, in God's Name, "I have indeed remembered" (Ex.  14:19).

Berditchevky's Mimekor Yisrael (The Fountain of Israel), which is available in English, and the still untranslated collection Sefer Ma'asiyot (The Book of Tales), edited by Mordecai ben Yehezkel.  And the possibilities of spiritual expression that they demonstrate set in motion a process that has also revived and inspired Judaism in the present century.  Imposed on this archetypal substracture are figures of angels and spirits, a supernatural aspect of hasidic literature that is found in a great many tales.

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