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 e-book of Angelo Rappoport's trilogy on old Hebrew myths, bargains with the 1st kings of old Israel: tormented Saul, heroic David and clever Solomon. a bunch of different biblical figures additionally look, together with evil Queen Jezebel, Esther - the savior of her humans, the Prophet Elijah, and devoted other halves, treacherous fans and beggar kings. The Oriental and eu myths that owe lots 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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This was an opportunity which the angel of death immediately seized. One of the steps gave way, and David fell down and was killed. Now the body of David was exposed to the scorching sun, and Solomon doubted whether he could remove it on the Sabbath. The dogs, too, had not been fed the day before anq were barking fiercely. Solomon therefore· sent word to the Sanhedrin and asked the assembly's advice. ANCIENT ISRAEL " My father is dead," said Solomon, " and exposed to the scorching sun, and the dogs have not been fed and are growing fierce.

To these monuments the Jebusites now pointed when David approached their city. " David could, of course, have pointed out that the Jebusites had already attacked the Jews in the time of Joshua, but he determined to buy the city from them. At first, however; he decided to enter the city so as to show the heathen possessors that he feared neither their power nor their high wall, but respected the promise once gi:ven by the Patriarch Abraham. His commander Joab now devised a plan how to enter the city.

1 I Pesachim, 1 I Qb. ANCIENT ISRAEL THE RoYAL ToMB Many wonderful stories are told in post-Talmudical litera­ ture of the tomb of David and the miracles which happened in connection with it. The two following tales are a good example. THE PIOUS WASHERWOMAN There once lived in Jerusalem a righteous woman who had lost her husband and children. She was earning her living by the toil of her hands, washing the clothes of her neighbours. Among her customers was also the keeper of the tomb of David, peace be upon him.

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