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 folk. This, the ultimate booklet of Angelo Rappoport's trilogy on historical Hebrew myths, bargains with the 1st kings of historical Israel: tormented Saul, heroic David and clever Solomon. a number of different 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 lots to Jewish legends also are mentioned - from Merlin the Magician to the origins of the tales that include "A Thousand and One Nights."

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1 2 1-2; Htbraischt Bibliollraphie, XVI I I , p. 40. 1 See Rosner, David's Ltbtn u. Character. " 1 Saul himself being unable to go out and fight with Goliath, David obeyed his father and went out to wrestle with the giant. In spite of the attractive and alluring promises of the King, none of the Israelites was willing to go out and en­ counter the terrible giant, whilst the King himself, hero though he was, was prevented by his malady from fighting Goliath. David therefore obeyed his father and declared his willing­ ness to meet the giant in single combat.

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. " Thou wilt supplicate me to afflict thee with Now it soon happened that David, fleeing from Saul, came to Ahish, King of the Philistines, who dwelt in Gath.

On one of his journeys he came to a place where he happened to meet an old man who was rather poor but had twelve children. All day long the old man toiled hard to support his twelve children, and when evening came he bought with the money he had earned a loaf of bread, and thus he supported his family with his scanty earnings. his children had to work, for the father supported them and worked for them. When the man came horne in the evening, it was his habit to cut his loaf into fourteen parts, two for himself and his wife, and twelve for his twelve children.

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