Tree Of Souls: The Mythology Of Judaism by Howard SchwartzTree Of Souls: The Mythology Of Judaism by Howard Schwartz

Tree Of Souls: The Mythology Of Judaism

byHoward SchwartzIllustratorCaren Loebel-friedForeword byElliot K. Ginsburg

Paperback | July 31, 2007

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The first anthology of Jewish mythology in English, Tree of Souls reveals a mythical tradition 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 lorecollected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the key Jewish myths. The myths themselves are marvelous. We read of Adams 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 theDivine 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, Schwartzprovides 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 Eves release of evil into the world with Pandoras). For ease ofuse, 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.
Howard Schwartz is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the editor of Elijah's Violin and 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-win...
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Title:Tree Of Souls: The Mythology Of JudaismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 7.01 × 9.88 × 1.89 inPublished:July 31, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionBook One:. Myths of GodBook Two:. Myths of CreationBook Three:. Myths of HeavenBook Four:. Myths of HellBook Five:. Myths of the Holy WordBook Six:. Myths of the Holy TimeBook Seven:. Myths of the Holy PeopleBook Eight:. Myths of the Holy LandBook Nine:. Myths of ExileBook Ten:. Myths of the Messiah

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"Tree of Souls promises to shatter the myth that Judaism is mythless. Drawing on primary source texts of the Jewish tradition itself, storyteller Howard Schwartz introduces us to a dimension of this ancient path that has for centuries been overshadowed by attempts at religious correctness andparty-line theology. Jewish mythology, Schwartz demonstrates with ample commentaries, is not only a fact, it is the very kernel out of which grew the deepest of Kabbalistic mystery wisdom as well as the most pragmatic of Jewish law and lore. Clearly, Judaism owes its survival to its mythology, andin Tree of Souls Schwartz invites us to discover the mystique, actually the very life force, of this very ancient religion." --Gershon Winkler, author of Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism