The 1st entire English translation of the Hebrew vintage Sefer Ha-Aggadah brings to the English-speaking global the best and best-loved anthology of classical Rabbinic literature ever compiled. First released in Odessa in 1908-11, it used to be famous instantly as a masterwork in its personal correct, and reprinted a number of occasions in Israel.
The Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik and the popular editor Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, the architects of this masterful compendium, chosen hundreds of thousands of texts from the Talmud and midrashic literature and organized them thematically, to be able to offer their contemporaries with quick access to the nationwide literary history of the Jewish humans -- the texts of Rabbinic Judaism that stay on the middle of Jewish literacy today.
Bialik and Ravnitzky selected Aggadah -- the non-legal parts of the Talmud and Midrash -- for his or her anthology. Loosely translated as "legends", Aggadah comprises the genres of biblical exegesis, tales approximately biblical characters, the lives of the Talmudic period sages and their modern heritage, parables, proverbs, and folklore. a charming melange of knowledge and piety, myth and satire, Aggadah is the expressive medium of the Jewish inventive genius.
The association of this compendium displays the theological issues of the Rabbinic sages: the position of Israel and the countries; God, reliable and evil; human family; the area of nature; and the paintings of therapeutic. right here, the reader who desires to discover conventional Jewish perspectives on a selected topic is taken care of to a variety of suitable texts at his fingertips yet will quickly turn into immersed in a fashion of considering, exploring, and wondering that's the hallmark of Jewish inquiry.
"Whatever the mind's eye can invent is located within the Aggadah," wrote the historian Leopold Zunz, "its goal regularly being to educate guy the methods of God." The publication of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah, now to be had in william Braude's fantastically annotated translation, allows smooth Jews to adventure firsthand the richness and pleasure in their cultural inheritance.