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The Legends of the Jews, Contents Volume I

THE LEGENDS OF THE JEWS

BY

LOUIS GINZBERG

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN MANUSCRIPT BY

HENRIETTA SZOLD

VOLUME I

BIBLE TIMES AND CHARACTERS FROM THE CREATION TO JACOB


CONTENTS

PREFACE

I. THE CREATION OF THE WORLD

The First Things Created--The Alphabet--The First Day--The Second Day--The Third Day--The Fourth Day--The Fifth Day--The Sixth Day--All Things Praise the Lord.

II. ADAM

Man and the World--The Angels and the Creation of Man--The Creation of Adam--The Soul of Man--The Ideal Man--The Fall of Satan--Woman--Adam and Eve in Paradise--The Fall of Man--The Punishment--Sabbath in Heaven--Adam's Repentance--The Book of Raziel--The Sickness of Adam--Eve's Story of the Fall--The Death of Adam--The Death of Eve.

III. THE TEN GENERATIONS

The Birth of Cain--Fratricide--The Punishment of Cain--The Inhabitants of the Seven Earths--The Descendants of Cain--The Descendants of Adam and Lilith--Seth and His Descendants--Enosh--The Fall of the Angels--Enoch, Ruler and Teacher--The Ascension of Enoch--The Translation of Enoch--Methuselah.

IV. NOAH

The Birth of Noah--The Punishment of the Fallen Angels--The Generation of the Deluge--The Holy Book--The Inmates of the Ark--The Flood--Noah Leaves the Ark--The Curse of Drunkenness--Noah's Descendants Spread Abroad--The Depravity of Mankind--Nimrod--The Tower of Babel.

V. ABRAHAM

The Wicked Generations--The Birth of Abraham--The Babe Proclaims God--Abraham's First Appearance in Public--The Preacher of the True Faith--In the Fiery Furnace--Abraham Emigrates to Haran--The Star in the East--The True Believer--The Iconoclast--Abraham in Canaan--His Sojourn in Egypt--The First Pharaoh--The War of the Kings--The Covenant of the Pieces--The Birth of Ishmael--The Visit of the Angels--The Cities of Sin--Abraham Pleads for the Sinners--The Destruction of the Sinful Cities--Among the Philistines--The Birth of Isaac--Ishmael Cast Off--The Two Wives of Ishmael--The Covenant with Abimelech--Satan Accuses Abraham--The Journey to Moriah--The Akedah--The Death and Burial of Sarah--Eliezer's Mission--The Wooing of Rebekah--The Last Years of Abraham--A Herald of Death--Abraham Views Earth and Heaven--The Patron of Hebron.

VI. JACOB

The Birth of Esau and Jacob--The Favorite of Abraham--The Sale of the Birthright--Isaac with the Philistines--Isaac Blesses Jacob--Esau's True Character Revealed--Jacob Leaves His Father's House--Jacob Pursued by Eliphaz and Esau--The Day of Miracles--Jacob with Laban--The Marriage of Jacob--The Birth of Jacob's Children--Jacob Flees before Laban--The Covenant with Laban--Jacob and Esau Prepare to Meet--Jacob Wrestles with the Angel--The Meeting between Esau and Jacob--The Outrage at Shechem--A War Frustrated--The War with the Ninevites--The War with the Amorites--Isaac Blesses Levi and Judah--Joy and Sorrow in the House of Jacob--Esau's Campaign against Jacob--The Descendants of Esau.

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