Saturday, November 28, 2009
On Sunday October 25th we shared in church the end of the Moses series. Moses dies. Not so much discussion as story. I used not only stories from our Biblical record, but also some of the wonderful and touching legends from the traditions of the grandmothers and grandfathers of our faith. Midrash is the tradition of stories that are passed down. I found a wonderful book many years ago that follows the Old Testament with many of these stories. They are from all over the place. The book is Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg (published in Philadelphia by Jewish Publication Society, 1909) This volume is just the stories all piled on one another as if it was one story. There is also a six volume set of books that footnote each of the legends and add some more. Wonderful resource for getting into the spirit of the very alive book which is our scripture.