By Howard Schwartz
The 1st anthology of Jewish mythology in English, Tree of Souls finds a legendary culture as wealthy and as interesting as any on the planet. Drawing from the Bible, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud and Midrash, the kabbalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts, and oral lore amassed within the smooth period, Schwartz has accrued jointly approximately seven-hundred of the major Jewish myths. The myths themselves are excellent. We learn of Adams diamond and the Land of Eretz (where it's constantly dark), the autumn of Lucifer and the quarrel of the solar and the moon, the Treasury of Souls and the Divine Chariot. we find new stories concerning the nice figures of the Hebrew Bible, from Adam to Moses; tales approximately God's Bride, the Shekhinah, and the evil temptress, Lilith; plus many stories approximately angels and demons, spirits and vampires, significant beasts and the Golem. both very important, Schwartz offers a wealth of extra info. for every delusion, he contains huge observation, revealing the resource of the parable and explaining the way it pertains to different Jewish myths in addition to to international literature (for example, evaluating Eves free up of evil into the realm with Pandoras). For ease of use, Schwartz divides the quantity into ten books, Myths of God, Myths of construction, Myths of Heaven, Myths of Hell, Myths of the Holy notice, Myths of the Holy Time, Myths of the Holy humans, Myths of the Holy Land, Myths of Exile, and Myths of the Messiah.
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