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Here is a kaleidoscope of tales, a key to many of the richest literary and artistic traditions of the western world: Adam's ascent into Heaven in a chariot, Abraham's trail by fire, Jonah's fabulous adventrure in the whale, the life of Moses, Hannah's desire for a son, Solomon as a beggar, the wooing of Rebekah, and Balshazzar's feast. This is storytelling with a grain of salt and a lot of wit; tales springing from the antiquity of oral tradition, told with sheer delight in the glory of a book transformed by a hundred generations whose daily thoughts and deeds were transformed by The Book.
Widely read with reverence, the books of the Bible have moved minds and hearts for thousands of years. The content and words of Scripture inspired the legends of the Bible. This single volume contains a selection of tales chosen from the classic The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg, acknowledged as one of the world's outstanding talmudic scholars.