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, offers with the 1st kings of historic 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 trustworthy better halves, treacherous fans and beggar kings. The Oriental and ecu myths that owe loads 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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L David was now sure of victory. Throwing a pebble, he struck the giant on his forehead. The latter fell to the ground face downwards and not on his back, for two reasons. It was first for the sake of David, so that he should not have to walk a long way to cut off the head of the giant. 2 David now approached and tried to cut off the head of Goliath, but he did not know how to remove his armours. At that moment Uriah the Hittite came up and offered to show David how Goliath's armours were fastened at his heels.

Sixty winks " of sleep did Israel's King enjoy, and the alarm-clock which awakened him was worthy of the poet and Psalmist. 1 Pirke de Rabbi Elu::er, Ch. 36; Midrash Tehillim, 6o. 1 Ibid. THE PIOUS KING 27 He had hung up a wonderful harp over his head, and the strings of that harp had been made of the gut of that ram which Abraham had once sacrificed on Mount Moriah. At midnight the cool night breeze blowing from the north through the open window whispered and stirred the strings of the royal harp, and they began to vibrate, giving fox:th sweet and harmonious sounds, and immediately the King arose and began to study and to sing his Psalms.

He informed the Rabbi of Jerusalem that should he refuse to send one of his community to fetch the weapon, all the Jews of Jerusalem would suffer. Great was the distress of the Rabbi when he saw himself placed between the alternative of either desecrating the tomb of King David or of letting his people suffer. For three days he. and his community fasted and prayed at the grave of Rachel, and on the fourth day he decided to cast lots as to who should dare descend into the tomb of David. The beadle of the Synagogue, a pious and righteous man, was designated as the messenger.

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