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Title The seductiveness of Jewish myth : challenge or response? / edited by S. Daniel Breslauer.
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, 1997.

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Series SUNY series in Judaica
SUNY series in Judaica.
Subject Judaism -- Congresses.
Myth in literature -- Congresses.
Jews -- Intellectual life -- Congresses.
Aggada -- Congresses.
Alt Name Breslauer, S. Daniel.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 317 pages)
Note Revised versions of papers delivered on March 6 and 7, 1994 during "Myth in the Biblical and Jewish Traditions: An Interdisciplinary Conference."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents pt. 1. What is Jewish myth?: The mythology of Judaism / Howard Schwartz. Poetry, allegory, and myth in Saul Tchernichowsky / S. Daniel Breslauer. Can the teaching of Jewish history be anything but the teaching of myth? / Joel Gereboff -- pt. 2. Modern uses of myth in Judaism: The invention of a secular ritual: Western Jewry and nationalized tourism in Palestine, 1922-1933 / Michael Berkowitz. A rustling in the woods: the turn to myth in Weimar Jewish thought / Steven M. Wasserstrom. Judeophobia, myth, and critique / David Norman Smith -- pt. 3. Case histories on myth in Judaism: The poetics of myth in Genesis / Ronald S. Hendel. Strange bedfellows: politics and narrative in Philo / Deborah Sills. The myth of Jesus in rabbinic literature / Richard A. Freund. Melchizedek: king, priest, and god / James R. Davila. The face of Jacob in the moon: mystical transformations of an aggadic myth / Elliot R. Wolfson. Sabbatai Zevi, Metatron, and Mehmed: myth and history in seventeenth-century Judaism / David J. Halperin.
Note Print version record.
Summary Annotation The Seductiveness of Jewish Myth offers a panorama of diverse definitions of myth, understandings of Judaism, and competing evaluations of the "mythic" element in religion. The contributors focus on the problem of defining myth as a category in religious studies, examine modern religion and the role of myth in a "secularized" world, and look at specific cases of Jewish myth from biblical through modern times.
ISBN 058504354X (electronic bk.)
9780585043548 (electronic bk.)
9780791436011 (hc ; alk. paper)
0791436012 (hc ; alk. paper)
9780791436028 (pb ; alk. paper)
0791436020 (pb ; alk. paper)
0791436012
0791436020
9780791497449
0791497445
9780791497449
OCLC # 42854791
Additional Format Print version: Seductiveness of Jewish myth. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1997 0791436012 (DLC) 97007430 (OCoLC)36498958
Table of Contents
 Preface 
 Introduction / S. Daniel Breslauer1
 The Mythology of Judaism / Howard Schwartz11
 Poetry, Allegory, and Myth in Saul Tchernichowsky / S. Daniel Breslauer27
 Can the Teaching of Jewish History be Anything but the Teaching of Myth? / Joel Gereboff43
 The Invention of a Secular Ritual: Western Jewry and Nationalized Tourism in Palestine, 1922-1933 / Michael Berkowitz73
 A Rustling in the Woods: The Turn to Myth in Weimar Jewish Thought / Steven M. Wasserstrom97
 Judeophobia, Myth, and Critique / David Norman Smith123
 The Poetics of Myth in Genesis / Ronald S. Hendel157
 Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Narrative in Philo / Deborah Sills171
 The Myth of Jesus in Rabbinic Literature / Richard A. Freund191
 Melchizedek: King, Priest, and God / James R. Davila217
 The Face of Jacob in the Moon: Mystical Transformations of an Aggadic Myth / Elliot R. Wolfson235
 Sabbatai Zevi, Metatron, and Mehmed: Myth and History in Seventeenth-Century Judaism / David J. Halperin271
 Contributors309
 Index311


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