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The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash

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The first complete English translation of the Hebrew classic Sefer Ha-Aggadah brings to the English-speaking world the greatest and best-loved anthology of classical Rabbinic literature ever compiled. First published in Odessa in 1908-11, it was recognized immediately as a masterwork in its own right, and reprinted numerous times in Israel.

The Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bial
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Hardcover, 920 pages
Published November 10th 1992 by Schocken
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Stephy
This is a huge (897 pages) of collected Rabbinic legends, dreams and teachings of a book first published in Hebrew over eighty years ago. I spent part of every lunch hour for months looking at this book while I saved up the (then) $75.00 to buy it. I was raised a druid and educated in Catholic, private and public schools, and have loved stories since I was a child. This! This is a thinking person's story book! One does not sit down and read it. One samples it day by day, and then starts over aga ...more
Sanjay C.
Feb 06, 2014 Sanjay C. rated it really liked it
Just about all early Jewish non-legal teachings come under the banner of Aggadah: `That which is told.' It originated from Rabbinic Judaism beginning several centuries before the Common Era and Christianity.

The Aggadah was very important to the Israelites. This is because it contains elaborations of Biblical (Old Testament) teachings. The Israelites believed it was crucial to study the Aggadah if you wished to understand the Bible and know God better.

The detailed records demonstrate just how int
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Aug 21, 2011 ☼~Marian~☼ rated it it was amazing
Nope. I haven't finished this yet. This Midrash is not meant to be read continuously. I mean, come on, have you seen how humongous this book is?! It is as big as a lectionary, mind you.
I read this constantly in no particular page order.
Anyway, I've read some chapters and I was awestruck. I was like, "aahh, ganun pala yun". This is the Jewish version of the Bible.
One of the few stories I remember is of Mary Magdalene. During that time when the men are about to throw stones at Magdalene. Jesus w
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Brandon H.
Incredible Jewish literature! I haven't finished this one yet as it's mammoth but it's a delicious feast every time I open it! Provides Jewish Rabbinical insight and traditional oratorical views on numerous subjects under the sun and above it as well as details about many Old Testament characters not found in the Torah or the Bible.
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i love this book, sometimes a reference, sometimes a fun read.
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Apr 28, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sacred, judaica
Absolutely awe-inspiring.
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