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Is There a Jewish Mythology? A presentation by Howard Schwartz

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library at 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy

At first glance, a Jewish mythology might not seem to exist. How can there be a mythology where there is only one God? But a closer examination of Judaism reveals a great many of the hallmarks of mythology, including a heaven populated not only by God and the angels, but by other divine figures, including the Bride of God and the Messiah. Drawing from his book Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism (winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award), Howard Schwartz will weigh the evidence for and against the view that Judaism has its own extensive mythological tradition.

Howard Schwartz, a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, is a professor of English at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He is the editor of Elijah’s Violin & Other Jewish Fairy Tales, Miriam’s Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural, and Gabriel’s Palace: Jewish Mystical Tales, and the author of many other books for adults and children. His most recent book is Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales.

Co-sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica. Lecture made possible, in part, by Carla Ruff in memory of Dr. Robert T. Mendle.