Modern Midrash: The Retelling of Traditional Jewish Narratives by Twentieth-Century Hebrew Writers
This book explores a central phenomenon in the development of modern Jewish literature: the retelling of tradtional Jewish narratives by twentieth-century writers. It shows how and toward what ends Biblical stories, legends, and Hasidic tales have been used in shaping modern Hebrew literature.
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