Louis Ginzberg's supreme compendium of Jewish legends, myths and ancient lore enliven and challenge readers to understand greatly the civilization behind the greatest prophecies and holy writings ever written.
A celebrated scholar of the Talmud, Torah and other holy texts, Louis Ginzberg distinguished himself as gifted in matters of holy lore from a young age. All four volumes of his rendition of the Judaic legends are contained in this excellent edition. They run as follows:
Volume One begins with the years of creation, detailing God's creation of the Earth and all the lands and creatures upon it. Man's creation, and the story of Adam and Eve, are duly related, as are the ten generations which separated Adam from Noah. The Great Flood, whereby Noah escaped the destruction by building his famous ark, is followed by the ten generation gap between Noah and Abraham, the patriach of Judaism. Finally we hear of the life of Jacob, who following drought would emigrate to Egypt with his family.
Volume Two, roughly corresponding with the Biblical Books of Exodus and Job, begins with the life and death of Joseph. His life and the lives of Jacob's sons - the founders of the Jewish tribes - are likewise told. The famous story of Job - a morally upstanding family man who suffers many misfortunes - is then related. Finally we hear the story of Moses and the conflict he arrives at with the Pharaoh.
Volume Three commences with Moses finally deciding to lead the Jews out of Egypt, the oppression of the Pharaoh having become too much to bear. After departing, the construction of the Tabernacle and the tumultuous events of the Year of Disfavor are detailed. The tale of the prophet Balaam, and his temptation with money from King Balak of Moab, is told. Finally, the volume concludes with the death of Moses.
Volume Four opens with the story of Joshua, who was the servant of Moses and one of the twelve spies who scouted the lands of Canaan at Moses' behest. Following the death of Joshua the tale of the Judges and of conflicts between the Israelites and Canaanites are told. The subsequent generations of Jewish society, including the great King Solomon, are hereafter related.
As a young man, Louis Ginzberg emigrated from his native Russia to the United States. Initially aimless and unsure of his future, and deeply affected by the death of his pious father, it was after a few years as an emigre that study of Jewish history and the sacred texts proved a viable outlet. He proved a voracious and highly competent scholar and teacher, working at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and accepting an honorary doctorate from Harvard University.
Paperback: 514 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 2, 2017)
The Legends Of The Jews
translated from the German Manuscript by Henrietta Szold
By Louis Ginzberg
The Legends of the Jews
By Louis Ginzberg
This is a massive collation of the Haggada--the traditions which have grown up surrounding the Biblical narrative. These stories and bits of layered detail are scattered throughout the Talmud and the Midrash, and other sources, including oral. In the 19th century Ginzberg undertook the task of arranging the Haggada into chronological order, and this series of volumes was the result.
Volume I: From the Creation to Jacob
Chapter I: The Creation of the World
Chapter II: Adam
Chapter III: The Ten Generations
Chapter IV: Noah
Chapter V: Abraham
Chapter VI: Jacob
Volume II: From Joseph to the Exodus
Chapter I: Joseph
Chapter II: The Sons of Jacob
Chapter III: Job
Chapter IV: Moses in Egypt
Volume III: From the Exodus to the Death of Moses
Chapter I: Moses In the Wilderness
Chapter II: The Installation of Elders
Chapter III: The Materials for the Construction of the Tabernacle
Chapter IV: The Twelve Princes of the Tribes
Chapter V: The Rebellion of Korah
Chapter VI: Balaam, The Heathen Prophet
Chapter VII: The Last Day of Moses' Life
Volume IV: From Joshua to Esther
Chapter I: Joshua
Chapter II: The Judges
Chapter III: Samuel and Saul
Chapter IV: David
Chapter V: Solomon
Chapter VI: Judah and Israel
Chapter VII: Elijah
Chapter VIII: Elisha and Jonah
Chapter IX: The Later Kings of Judah
Chapter X: The Exile
Chapter XI: The Return of the Captivity
Chapter XII: Esther
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I've come to realize that 'truth' boils down to what we 'believe' the facts we've gathered point to. We only 'know' what we've 'experienced' firsthand. Everything else - what we read, what we watch, what we hear - is what someone else's gathered facts point to and 'they' 'believe' is 'truth', so that 'truth' seems to change in direct proportion to newly gathered facts divided by applied plausibility. Though I believe there is 'truth', until someone celestial who 'knows' all the facts parts the heavens and throws us a scroll titled "Here Are ALL The Facts And Lies In The Order They Happened," I can't know for sure exactly what "the whole truth' on any given subject is, and what applies to me applies to everyone.
~Gail Bird Allen
Never in your long ascendancy will you lose the power to recognize your associates of former existences. Always, as you ascend inward in the scale of life, will you retain the ability to recognize and fraternize with the fellow beings of your previous and lower levels of experience. Each new translation or resurrection will add one more group of spirit beings to your vision range without in the least depriving you of the ability to recognize your friends and fellows of former estates.
Princess Bride 1987 Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya)
Vizzini: HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality -- actuality -- of that man. The more man withdraws from God, the more nearly he approaches nonreality -- cessation of existence. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.
"And do you not remember that I said to you once before that, if you had your spiritual eyes anointed, you would then see the heavens opened and behold the angels of God ascending and descending? It is by the ministry of the angels that one world may be kept in touch with other worlds, for have I not repeatedly told you that I have other sheep not of this fold?"
But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience—God-consciousness.
When you are through down here, when your course has been run in temporary form on earth, when your trial trip in the flesh is finished, when the dust that composes the mortal tabernacle "returns to the earth whence it came"; then, it is revealed, the indwelling "Spirit shall return to God who gave it." There sojourns within each moral being of this planet a fragment of God, a part and parcel of divinity. It is not yet yours by right of possession, but it is designedly intended to be one with you if you survive the mortal existence.
And the greatest of all the unfathomable mysteries of God is the phenomenon of the divine indwelling of mortal minds. The manner in which the Universal Father sojourns with the creatures of time is the most profound of all universe mysteries; the divine presence in the mind of man is the mystery of mysteries.
To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.
Paradise is the eternal center of the universe of universes and the abiding place of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, the Infinite Spirit, and their divine co-ordinates and associates. This central Isle is the most gigantic organized body of cosmic reality in all the master universe. Paradise is a material sphere as well as a spiritual abode. All of the intelligent creation of the Universal Father is domiciled on material abodes; hence must the absolute controlling center also be material, literal. And again it should be reiterated that spirit things and spiritual beings are real.
Culture presupposes quality of mind; culture cannot be enhanced unless mind is elevated. Superior intellect will seek a noble culture and find some way to attain such a goal. Inferior minds will spurn the highest culture even when presented to them ready-made.
True liberty is the associate of genuine self-respect; false liberty is the consort of self-admiration. True liberty is the fruit of self-control; false liberty, the assumption of self-assertion. Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings.
How dare the self-willed creature encroach upon the rights of his fellows in the name of personal liberty when the Supreme Rulers of the universe stand back in merciful respect for these prerogatives of will and potentials of personality! No being, in the exercise of his supposed personal liberty, has a right to deprive any other being of those privileges of existence conferred by the Creators and duly respected by all their loyal associates, subordinates, and subjects.
There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness.