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Legends of the Jews, Volume 3   By: (1873-1953)

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Prepared by David Reed haradda@aol.com or davidr@inconnect.com

THE LEGENDS OF THE JEWS VOLUME III BIBLE TIMES AND CHARACTERS FROM THE EXODUS TO THE DEATH OF MOSES

BY LOUIS GINZBERG

TRANSLATED PROM THE GERMAN MANUSCRIPT BY PAUL RADIN

REVISER AND PROOF READER OF VOLUME III, DOCTOR ISAAC HUSIK

To MY MOTHER ON THE OCCASION OF HER SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY

PREFACE

"When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a People of strange language, Jacob was His sanctuary and Israel His dominion. Jewish legend attempts to describe how God's sanctuary, the religion of Israel and His dominion, the beginnings of Israel as a nation, arose in the time between the Exodus from Egypt and the entrance into the Holy Land.

Moses is regarded not only as the greatest religious guide of Israel, but also as its first national leader; he is "the wisest (If the wise, the father of the prophets," as well as " king in Jeshiurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel gathered together." hence his unique position in Jewish legend, neither Abraham, the friend of God, nor Solomon, the wisest of all men, nor Elijah, the helper in time of need. can lay claim to such a position.

Great religious and national institutions like the Sabbath, the sanctuary, and many other " commandments of God revealed to Moses " stand in a special relation to his life and work. The sanctification of the Sabbath became quite a living thing to him through the miracle of the Manna, and the first sanctuary was actually erected by Moses. The life of Moses ceased, therefore, to be a thing of the past and became closely interwoven with the every day life of the nation.

The most natural way for the popular mind to connect existing conditions with the past is the symbolic method. The present volume contains, therefore, a number of symbolic explanations of certain laws, as, for instance, the symbolical significance of the Tabernacle, which, properly speaking, do not belong to the domain of legend. The life of Moses, as conceived by Jewish legend, would, however, have been in complete if the lines between Legend and Symbolism had been kept too strictly. With this exception the arrangement and presentation of the material in the third volume is the same as that in the two preceding ones.

LOUIS G1NZBERG. NEW YORK, March 2, 1911

CONTENTS PREFACE MOSES IN THE WILDERNESS. The Long Route Pharaoh Pursues the Hebrews The Sea Divided The Passage through the Red Sea The Destruction of the Fgyptians The Song at the Sea The Awful Desert The Heavenly Food The Gathering of the Manna Miriam' s Well Aniaiek's War against Israel Amalek Defeated Jethro Installation of Elders Jethro Rewarded The Time is at Hand The Gentiles Refuse the Torah The Contest of the Mountains The Torah Offered to Israel Israel Prepares for the Revelation The Revelation on Mount Sinai The First Commandment The Other Commandments Revealed on Sinai The Unity of the Ten Commandments Moses Chosen as Intermediator Moses and the Angels Strive for the Torah Moses Receives the Torah The Golden Calf Moses Blamed for Israel's Sin The Punishment of the Sinners Moses Intercedes for the People The Inscrutable Ways of the Lord The Thirteen Attributes of God The Second Tables The Census of the People The Erection of the Tabernacle Commanded The Materials for the Construction of theTabernacle Bezalel The Ark with the Cherubim The Table and the Candlestick The Altar The Symbolical Significance of the Tabernacle The Priestly Robes The Stones in the Breastplate The Completion of the Tabernacle The Setting up of the Tabernacle The Consecration of the Priests The Day of the Ten Crowns The Interrupted Joy The Gifts of the Princes The Revelations in theTabernacle The Cleansing of the Camp The Lighting of the Candlestick The Twelve Princes of the Tribes The Census of the Levites The Four Divisions of the Levites The Four Standards Thc Camp The BIasphemer and the Sabbath breaker The Ungrateful Multitude The Flesh pots of Egypt The Appointment of the Seventy Elders Eldad and Medad The Quails Aaron and Miriam Slander Moses Miriam's Punishment The Sending of the Spies Significant Names The Spies in Palestine The Slanderous Report The Night of Tears Ingratitude Punished The Years of Disfavor The Rebellion of Korah Korah Abuses Moses and the Torah Moses Pleads in Vain with Korah Korah and His Horde Punished On and the Three Sons of Korah Saved Israel Convinced of Aaron's Priesthood The Waters of Meribah Moses' Anger Causes His Doom Edom's Unbrotherly Attitude toward Israel The Three Shepherds Preparing Aaron for Impending Death Aaron's Death The General Mourning for Aaron The False Friends The Brazen Serpent At Arnon Sihon, the King of the Amorites The Giant Og Moses' Speech of Admonition Balak, King of Moab Balaam, the Heathen Prophet Balak's Messengers to Bahaam Balaam Accepts Balak's Invitation Baiaam's Ass Balaam Runs into His Own Destruction Balaam with Balak Balaam's Sacrifices Refused Balaam Extols Israel Balaam's Hopes Disappointed Curses Turned into Blessings Balaam's Wicked Counsel Phinehas, Zealous for God Twelve Miracles Phinehas Rewarded The Daughters of Zelophmehad The appointment of Joshua Moses' Legacy to Joshua Moses' last campaign The Complete Annihilation of Midian The Gruesome End of Balaam The Victorious Return from the War Wealth that Bringeth Destruction Moses' Death Irrevocably Doomed Moses Prayer for Suspension of Judgment God Tries to Comfort Moses Concerning His Death The Intercessions for Moses Moses Serves Joshua The Last Day of Moses' Life Moses Beholds the Future Moses Meets the Messiah in Heaven The Last Hours of Moses The Blessing of Moses Moses Prays for Death Samuel Chastised by Moses God Kisses Moses' Soul The Mourning for Moses Samuel's Vain Search Moses Excels All Pious Men... Continue reading book >>


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