Dictionary of Jewish Lore and Legend

Author(s) : Alan Unterman

Dictionary of Jewish Lore and Legend

Book Details

  • Publisher : Thames & Hudson
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 206
  • Category :
    Myth and Symbol
  • Catalogue No : 80147
  • ISBN 13 : 9780500279847
  • ISBN 10 : 0500279845
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This richly-illustrated dictionary captures the richness and vitality of Jewish religion and culture: the web of legend and folklore crucial to understanding Judaism. The result is a vital and long-needed companion for anyone seeking to understand the Jewish world now and in past centuries. It describes all the main characters and the legends that have grown up around them; Jewish methods of Biblical interpretation; the framework of Jewish law, literature and poetry; the festivals of the Jewish Year; the different languages and subgroups within the community; and the many countries that Jews have lived in, as well as the importance of the Holy Land. Also revealed is a comprehensive picture of another side of Judaism. This is a world populated by angels and demons; sages and Kabbalists; creatures unknown to zoologists; lucky and unlucky days and numbers; and the hope for a Messianic era when the dead will arise, and man will live in harmony with nature.

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