Tree of Souls by Howard Schwartz
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Tree of Souls
By Howard Schwartz

Tree of Souls

The Mythology of Judaism

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Tree of Souls by Howard Schwartz

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Only one of the world's mythologies has remained essentially unrecognized-the mythology of Judaism. As Howard Schwartz reveals in Tree of Souls, the first anthology of Jewish mythology in English, this mythical tradition is as rich and as fascinating as any in the world. Drawing from the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and Midrash, the kabbalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral lore collected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the key Jewish myths. The myths themselves are marvelous. We read of Adam's diamond and the Land of Eretz (where it is always dark), the fall of Lucifer and the quarrel of the sun and the moon, the Treasury of Souls and the Divine Chariot. We discover new tales about the great figures of the Hebrew Bible, from Adam to Moses; stories about God's Bride, the Shekhinah, and the evil temptress, Lilith; plus many tales about angels and demons, spirits and vampires, giant beasts and the Golem. Equally important, Schwartz provides a wealth of additional information. For each myth, he includes extensive commentary, revealing the source of the myth and explaining how it relates to other Jewish myths as well as to world literature (for instance, comparing Eve's release of evil into the world with Pandora's). For ease of use, Schwartz divides the volume into ten books: Myths of God, Myths of Creation, Myths of Heaven, Myths of Hell, Myths of the Holy Word, Myths of the Holy Time, Myths of the Holy People, Myths of the Holy Land, Myths of Exile, and Myths of the Messiah. Schwartz, a renowned collector and teller of traditional Jewish tales, now illuminates the previously unexplored territory of Jewish mythology. This pioneering anthology is essential for anyone interested in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish faith and culture, and world mythology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195327137
ISBN-10: 0195327136
Format: Paperback
(255mm x 179mm x 46mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 23-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Howard Schwartz

Tree of Souls by Howard Schwartz Tree of Souls, Hardback (October 2004)

Demonstrates that there is a flourishing mythology in Judaism, which first emerges in the Bible and continues to evolve in all subsequent phases of Jewish literature and lore. This book identifies and collects nearly 700 of these primary Jewish myths. They are drawn from a range of sources including the Bible, and the Jewish apocryphal.

Jerusalem of Gold by Howard Schwartz Jerusalem of Gold, Hardback (March 2004)

Collects some of the finest timeless tales of Jerusalem from a wide variety of sources, ranging from the Talmud and midrash to Jewish folklore and mysticism. These retellings are beautiful and meaningful, fantastical and true, inviting us to honor the traditions and wisdom of the sacred city.

Reimagining the Bible by Howard Schwartz Reimagining the Bible, Paperback (July 1997)

This work explores how each successive phase of Jewish literature has drawn upon and reimagined the previous ones. Arguing that there is a continuity in Jewish literature which extends from the biblical era to our own times, this serves as a guide to the history of that literature and its genres.

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Author Biography - Howard Schwartz

Howard Schwartz is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the editor of Elijah's Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, Lilith's Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural, and Gabriel's Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales. Caren Loebel-Fried is an award-winning illustrator and author of many works on mythology. Her Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits received the 2003 Ka Palapala Po'okela Award for Excellence in Illustration.

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