Masterpieces of Hebrew Literature: Selections from 2000 Years of Jewish Creativity

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Masterpieces of Hebrew Literature is a true masterpiece of its own—one of the few collections in which readers can find important works of Jewish tradition and culture by such authors as Rashi, Maimonides, Judah Halevi, and Joseph Caro, all in one place. Curt Leviant includes literature that spans many genres, from fiction and poetry to legal, ethical, and midrashic works; from responsa and Biblical commentary to histories and letters. His brief introductions place the works and their authors in historical perspective.

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Masterpieces of Hebrew Literature

Selections from 2000 Years of Jewish Creativity

Edited and with introductions by Curt Leviant "The first anthology ... of Hebrew literature in English translation ... This volume comes especially recommended." -- The Nation

"... an important contribution to the field of world literature." --Review and Expositor

JPS is proud to bring out the new edition of Masterpieces of Hebrew Literature, Curt Leviant's celebrated anthology of important works of Jewish literature. A true masterpiece of its own, the book features selections from major works of post-biblical Hebrew literature in English translation, from the Apocrypha to the 18th century. Leviant's collection spans many genres--from fiction and poetry to legal, ethical, and midrashic works; from responsa and biblical commentary to histories and letters. His intelligent and enlightening introductions place each piece and its author in historical perspective.

New to this edition is the intriguing tale, "The Rabbi and His Only Son," by the famous storyteller Reb Nachman of Bratslav.

Curt Leviant is a prolific author and translator. Among his 27 books are six critically acclaimed novels, including the prize-winning The Yemenite Girl and The Man Who Thought He Was Messiah (a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award). His most recent book is a translation of the classic early 20th century Hebrew novel, The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague, by Yudl Rosenberg.

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