Rabbinic Fantasies: Imaginative Narratives from Classical Hebrew Literature
This remarkable anthology of sixteen narratives from ancient and medieval Hebrew texts opens a new window onto the Jewish imagination. Presenting the captivating world of rabbinic storytelling, it reveals facets of the Jewish experience and tradition that would otherwise have remained unknown and examines the surprisingly deep connection between the values of classical Judaism and the art of imaginative narrative writing.
Virtually all the narratives appear here in English for the first time. Sometimes pious, sometimes playful, and sometimes almost scandalous, they are each accompanied by an introduction and notes. The selections are framed by essays by David Stern and Mark Jay Mirsky that examine the various moods and forms in which the rabbinic imagination found expression and explore the impact that this unique form of narrative has had on modern fiction. The translations are by Norman Bronznick, Yaakov Elman, Michal Govrin, Arthur Green, Martha Himmelfarb, Ivan Marcus, Mark Jay Mirsky, Joel Rosenberg, David Ruderman, Raymond Scheindlin, David Stern, and Avi Weinstein.
Yale Judaica Series
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TWO NARRATIVES ABOUT GOD
JONAH AND THE SAILORS
MIDRASH ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
THE TALE OF THE JERUSALEMITE
MIDRASH ELEH EZKERAH
THE ALPHABET OF BEN SIRA
PARABLES FROM SEFER HABAHIR
Abraham Alphabet angel answered Armilos Ashmadai asked Ben Sira Bible biblical blessed Bratslav century commanded daughter David DAVID STERN death demon Deuteronomy divine dream emperor evil exemplum Exodus father fiction Genesis Genesis Rabbah heard heart heaven Holy honor Isaiah Israel Jeremiah Jerusalem Jewish literature Jews Jonah Joshua Judah Judaism Kabbalah king Lamentations legend literary live Lord maqama MARK JAY MIRSKY mashal master meaning medieval Hebrew Messiah Metatron midrash Mishnah Moses narrative Nebuchadnezzar Numbers oath parable phrase pietist prophet Proverbs Psalm Rabbah Rabbi Akiba Rabbi Ishmael Rabbi Meir Rabbi Simeon Rabbi Yuda rabbinic literature replied rhyme righteous sages Sanhedrin scholar Scholem Sefer Zerubbabel servant Shekhinah Sira Solomon Song soul story tale Talmud tell Temple ten martyrs told took Torah tradition translation verse voice wicked wife wisdom woman words Yagel Zerah Zerubbabel Zohar