Ancient Israel: v.1: Myths and Legends (Myths & legends) by Angelo S. Rappoport

Ancient Israel: v.1: Myths and Legends (Myths & legends) by Angelo S. Rappoport

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4· • Genesis Rabba, 3; see also W. Bacher Die Agada der PaltiStinensischen Amordn, Vol. II, p. 138. 'JYidrash Tehillim, Ps. 90, s. • HtJf{igah, IJI>-14a. 10 ANCIENT ISRAEL one, worlds came and disappeared. In this mythical concep­ tion one may already trace the modern evolutionary idea. Jewish myth and legend further speak of a plurality of worlds. Apart from our own cosmos, there are numerous other cosmic systems. Leviathan ... and Behemoth-The stpry of creation in the Slavonic Book of Enoch-The stone Advei-The substance called Arkas-Thins'; created on eve of Sabbath.

V. ' Hullin, 6ob; Genesis Rabba, 6; Midram Azad4h, ed. Buber, p. 1 The book called Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer describes the story of the creation as follows: The heavens He created from the light of His garment. He took His garment and stretched it out and the heavens extended farther and farther, until the Creator cried unto them to stop. " Be stayed," He said, " it is sufficient," and they stopped. And then the Creator took the snow from beneath His throne of glory and scattered it upon the waters, and the waters became congealed and the earth was formed.

Belfegor , in order to find out the truth, married a lady of birth, and settled in Florence under the name of Roderic de Castile. His wife being somewhat of a scold, he was glad to escape from her and to keep in hiding by p ossessing certain noble ladies. In the case of the daughter of the King of France, he refused to leave her, in spite of the entreaties of the peasant to whom he owed a debt of gratitude. " Scarcely had Belfegor heard these words than he leaped out of the princess and descended straight to hell, where he confirmed the statement the truth of which he had been commissioned to find out/� e S e Benfey, loc.

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