Ma'Aseh Book: Book of Jewish Tales and Legends - Vol. 1

Ma'Aseh Book: Book of Jewish Tales and Legends - Vol. 1

Ma'Aseh Book: Book of Jewish Tales and Legends - Vol. 1

Ma'Aseh Book: Book of Jewish Tales and Legends - Vol. 1

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The love of the Jews for poetic fiction can be traced as far back as the oldest records of our literature. It can be found in the parables and tales of the Bible, like that of Jotham (Judg. 9.7 ff.), who told the story of the trees choosing a king; or the parables of the prophet Nathan (II Sam. 12.1 ff), who, in rebuking King David, told the story of the poor man's lamb; or that of Jehoash, the king of Israel, who refused to meet Amaziah the King of Judah (II Kings 14.9 ff.); and many more examples can be adduced to show the love of the people in ancient times for the poetical tale. The same holds good also for the Proverbs of Solomon, which in many cases can only be understood as the moral drawn from a story, for each of those tales had a moral significance attached to it. They were lessons told in a manner which appealed to the people's imagination.

In later times legends and tales were told about the life and activity of the great figures of the past. Round each of them a cluster of legends . . .

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