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Reference Resources in Religion, Mythology, and Folklore

General Resources and Judaism

 Schwarz, H. (2004). Tree of souls: the mythology of Judaism. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ref BM530 .S472 2004

This is a comprehensive source of almost 700 key Jewish myths taken from the Bible, Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud, Midrash, Kabalistic literature, medieval folklore, Hasidic texts and oral lore collected in the modern era. Each entry is cross referenced to world literature and its Jewish source. The book is divided into 10 books of myths. This anthology has three appendixes: a note on the sources, the primary biblical myths, and a diagram of the 10 sefirot. It has a glossary of terms, and a bibliography of original sources and a selected English bibliography. It also has an index of biblical verse and a general index of the book’s contents. It is easily read and can be used by anyone from middle school upwards who is interested in the Hebrew Bible, the Jewish faith and culture and world mythology.