- By Howard Schwartz

Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism

  • Title: Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism
  • Author: Howard Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9780195086799
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tree of Souls The Mythology of Judaism 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

    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 lore collected in the modern era, Schwartz has gathered together nearly 700 of the key JewishThe 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 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 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 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 Eves release of evil into the world with Pandoras 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.

    1 thought on “Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism

    1. This book, more like 5 books in one, was amazing. A deep and wide collection of jewish myths and tales, and the history behind each one. I was smitten by this book.

    2. This book gave me an incredible insight to Jews stories and myths. The book is arranged by topic instead of by history or by book, which allows for a deeper understanding of each theme. I really have a newfound respect for judaism as a religion, and found a deeper appreciation for its beautiful myths and stories.

    3. I can't describe how helpful this book is to filling in the gaps of biblical knowledge. A 40 page bibliography research of Hebrew texts not yet translated and published in English. The man who wrote this is a saint.

    4. This is a very special book. It came to my attention because I was teaching a unit on Frankenstein and how monsters play an important sociological and psychological role as the avatars of our fears. A friend of mine suggested that I check this book out as there are a number of vampire and zombie/Golom stories.There are, but there is also so much more. I was delighted to read the myths Schwartz has compiled as they too, not just the Talmud or codes of law, are our precious Jewish textual inherita [...]

    5. Oh, God !This is a very inspiring book though it takes years to read it thoroughly , a very comprehensive guide to Jewish mythology and the first step to Kabbalah! I really like the style of author here, both in classifications and the wording, very clear and straight to the point!Yet , I have a big problem with the Hebrew terminology , it puts the scholars in a big trouble ! Oh God can we find a simple book about kabbalah with less Hebrew words? It sounds impossible to me !

    6. Jewish mythology can get a little tiring even if you're already into Jews and/or mythology, but there are a lot of interesting tidbits and even though the myths themselves can get tedious, it's fascinating how much Jewish myth is tied up in the power of words and letters themselves. Also you can learn a lot of cool shit about Jewish Hell.

    7. I read this book before bed, then do weird spiritual shit while I'm falling asleep I swear to god, I healed my sore throat last week after reading about the Guf, the chamber in Aravot where souls gather while they wait to be born. No joke! I woke up totally fine.

    8. An erudite collection of tales with wonderful contextual notes, this is a must-read for professional religious storytellers, and for those who cherish the lore and mythologies of world religions.

    9. A must-have desk companion for anyone interested in ancient Judaism, Torah, Talmud, Pseudopigrapha. Fascinating, bizarre, and amazing. Great index as well.

    10. I am very happy this book exists. The selections and more so the commentary sometimes feel rather idiosyncratic, but that is perhaps inevitable in a work that aims for such scope.

    11. This book was very interesting. Suprisingly i read through it fairly quickly even though it's a huge book.

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