Ancient Israel: v.3: Myths and Legends (Myths & legends) by Angelo S. Rappoport

Ancient Israel: v.3: Myths and Legends (Myths & legends) by Angelo S. Rappoport

By Angelo S. Rappoport

Myths and legends are the goods of the preferred brain and of the communal soul of the folks. This, the ultimate booklet of Angelo Rappoport's trilogy on historical Hebrew myths, offers with the 1st kings of historic Israel: tormented Saul, heroic David and clever Solomon. a number of alternative biblical figures additionally look, together with evil Queen Jezebel, Esther - the savior of her humans, the Prophet Elijah, and devoted better halves, treacherous fanatics and beggar kings. The Oriental and ecu myths that owe a lot to Jewish legends also are mentioned - from Merlin the Magician to the origins of the tales that contain "A Thousand and One Nights."

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He judged his people by day and occupied himself with affairs of State, devoting the nights to study and prayer, and tasting but little sleep. " Sixty winks " of sleep did Israel's King enjoy, and the alarm-clock which awakened him was worthy of the poet and Psalmist. 1 Pirke de Rabbi Elu::er, Ch. 36; Midrash Tehillim, 6o. 1 Ibid. THE PIOUS KING 27 He had hung up a wonderful harp over his head, and the strings of that harp had been made of the gut of that ram which Abraham had once sacrificed on Mount Moriah.

Samuel, 17. so. 76b-77a; Midra sh Ruth Rabba, 4· 4: Midrash Samuel, a2. 1 Soon after he had defeated Goliath David was com­ pelled to flee from the court of Saul on account of the King's jealousy. Saul had promised David as a reward of his great victory over Goliath the hand of his daughter, but he tried to break his promise. David fled to Samuel, and even in his days of storm and stress assiduously studied the Law and glorified the Lord with his praises. During his wanderings he re­ ceived more than one lesson in humility, and found out the wisdom of God and acknowledged His just rule and guidance of the World.

During his wanderings he re­ ceived more than one lesson in humility, and found out the wisdom of God and acknowledged His just rule and guidance of the World. Thus one day David said unto God: " All that Thou hast created is beautiful, and wisdom is more beautiful than any­ thing in the World. Lunacy, however, Thou shouldst not have created, for it is useless in the World and has no place in the plan of Thy harmonious and beautiful Universe. " Thus spoke David, to which the Lord replied: "Thou dost not approve of lunacy which I have created, but the day will soon come when thou thyself wilt take recourse to it and find it useful.

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