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Legends of the Jews, Volume 4   By: (1873-1953)

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

THE LEGENDS OF THE JEWS VOLUME IV BIBLE TIMES AND CHARACTERS FROM JOSHUA TO ESTHER

BY LOUIS GINZBERG

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN MANUSCRIPT

CONTENTS

I. JOSHUA The Servant of Moses Entering the Promised Land Conquest of the Land The Sun Obeys Joshua War with the Armenians Allotment of the Land.

II. THE JUDGES The First Judge Campaigns of KenaS Othniel Boaz and Ruth Deborah Gideon Jephthah Samson The Crime of the Crime of the Benjamites.

III. SAMUEL AND SAUL Elkanah and Hannah The Youth of Samuel Eli and His Sons The Activities of Samuel The Reign of Saul The Court of Saul.

IV. DAVID David's Birth and Descent Anointed King Encounter with Goliath Pursued by Saul Wars Ahithophel Joab David's Piety and His Sin Absalom's Rebellion David's Atonement Visitations The Death of David David in Paradise The Family of David His Tomb.

V. SOLOMON Solomon Punishes Joab The Marriage of Solomon His Wisdom The Queen of Sheba Solomon Master of the Demons The Building of the Temple The Throne of Solomon The Hippodrome Lessons in Humility Asmodeus Solomon as Beggar The Court of Solomon.

VI. JUDAH AND ISRAEL The Division of the Kingdom Jeroboam The Two Ahijabs Asa Jehoshaphat and Ahab Jezebel Joram of Israel.

VII. ELIJAH Elijah before His Translation After His Translation Censor and Avenger Intercourse with the Sages God's Justice Vindicated Elijah and the Angel of Death Teacher of the Kabbalah Forerunner of the Messiah.

VIII. ELISHA AND JONAH Elisha the Disciple of Elijah The Shunammite Gehazi The Flight of Jonah Jonah in the Whale The Repentance of Nineveh.

IX. THE LATER KINGS OF JUDAH Joash Three Great Prophets The Two Kingdoms Chastised Hezekjah Miracles Wrought for Hezekiah Manasseh Josiah and His Successors.

X. THE EXILE Zedekiah Jeremiah Nebuchadnezzar The Capture of Jerusalem The Great Lament Jeremiah's Journey to Babylon Transportation of the Captives The Sons of Moses Ebedmelech The Temple Vessels Baruch The Tombs of Baruch and Ezekie1 Daniel The Three Men in the Furnace Ezekiel Revives the Dead Nebuchadnezzar a Beast Hiram The False Prophets Daniel's Piety.

XI. THE RETURN OF THE CAPTIVITY Belshazzar's Feast Daniel under the Persian Kings The Grave of Daniel Zerubbabel Ezra The Men of the Great Assembly.

XII. ESTHER The Feast for the Grandees The Festivities in Shushan Vashti's Banquet The Fate of Vashti The Follies of Ahasuerus Mordecai Esther's Beauty and Piety The Conspiracy Haman the Jew baiter Mordecai's Pride Casting the Lots The Denunciation of the Jews The Decree of Annihilation Satan Indicts the Jews The Dream of Mordecai Fulfilled The Prayer of Esther Esther Intercedes The Disturbed Night The Fall of Haman The Edict of the King.

THE SERVANT OF MOSES

The early history of the first Jewish conqueror (1) in some respects is like the early history of the first Jewish legislator. Moses was rescued from a watery grave, and raised at the court of Egypt. Joshua, in infancy, was swallowed by a whale, and , wonderful to relate, did not perish. At a distant point of the sea coast the monster spewed him forth unharmed. He was found by compassionate passers by, and grew up ignorant of his descent. The government appointed him to the office of hangman. As luck would have it, he had to execute his own father. By the law of the land the wife of the dead man fell to the share of his executioner, and Joshua was on the point of adding to parricide another crime equally heinous. He was saved by a miraculous sign. When he approached his mother, milk flowed from her breasts. His suspicions were aroused, and through the inquiries he set a foot regarding his origin, the truth was made manifest. (2)

Later Joshua, who was so ignorant that he was called a fool, became the minister of Moses, and God rewarded his faithful service by making him the successor to Moses... Continue reading book >>


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