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 Hebrew and Jewish epic poetry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Though an abundance of historical reminiscence and legend lay in the storehouse of Jewish literature, none of it was built into epic poems until relatively recently.
The stern character of Jewish monotheism prevented the rise of hero-worship, without which real epic poetry is impossible.
Wessely with his Mosaide "Shire Tif'eret" (Berlin, 1789-1802), an epic on the Exodus from Egypt.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hebrew_and_Jewish_epic_poetry   (266 words)

  
 Epic
The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, and one of the major forms of narrative literature.
World folk epics are those epics which are not just literary masterpieces but also an integral part of the world view of a people.
Invocatio (pray to the muse [of the epic]), Prepositio (introduction of the epic's theme), Enumeratio (counting the fighting armys / heroes), In medias res (start from the middle of an event), Deus ex machina (interruption / miracle from a god), Anticipatio (prediction), and Ephiteton ornans (permanent attributives of the hero[es])
www.clipart.teleactivities.com /poetry/epic_poetry.html   (468 words)

  
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In the Greek tradition the Goddess of Epic Poetry was Calliope, one of the nine sisters of the Muses.
It is the epic of discoverers, explorers, pioneers, of Columbus, Daniel Boone, and Lewis and Clark, of the Oregon trail, the Mormon trek, the transcontinental railway.
The second is the epic of the Native Americans, the Africans, the "new immigrants" from southern and eastern Europe, the new new immigrants of the last three decades, cast generally as the victims of the protagonists of the first epic.
bahai-library.com /?file=price_autobiographical_epic_poetry.html   (13900 words)

  
 Hebrew Poetry
Notwithstanding the undoubted fact that poetry is largely represented in the Bible, it is noteworthy that this species of Bible literature was almost wholly ignored until the 18th century.
Hebrew poetry is destitute of meter in the strict sense, and also of rhyme, though this last occurs in some isolated cases (see below, III, 1, [4], c and e).
It is commonly said that the poetry of the ancient Hebrews is wholly religious.
www.bible-researcher.com /hebrew-poetry.html   (4768 words)

  
 Wikinfo | Epic poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The epic is a broadly defined genre of poetry, which retells in a continuous narrative the life and works of a heroic person or group of heroic persons either historical or mythical.
The first epics are associated strongly with the oral poetic tradition; literate societies have often copied the format, and the first and most obvious example is the Aeneid, following the style and subject matter of Homer.
The first to produce an epic poem was N. Wessely with his Mosaide "Shire Tif'eret" (Berlin, 1789-1802), an epic on the Exodus from Egypt.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Epic_poetry   (472 words)

  
 Hebrew literature. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Famous scholars and authors of Hebrew literature in the Middle Ages included Aha of Shabcha, Saadia ben Joseph al-Fayumi, Dunash ben Tamim, Dunash ben Labrat, Gershom ben Judah, Al-Fasi, Solomon ben Judah Ibn Gabirol, Rashi, Judah ha-Levi, Abraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra, Maimonides, Immanuel ben Solomon, Isaac Abravanel, and Joseph ben Ephraim Caro.
Hebrew was proclaimed the national language of the Jews even before the establishment (1948) of the state of Israel.
Hebrew writers who are native to Israel seek inspiration in the classical Hebrew past or in the new life of Israel.
www.bartleby.com /65/he/Hebrewli.html   (838 words)

  
 The Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU
History of Judaism in the medieval period, emphasizing the rise of medieval Jewish philosophy and mysticism, the role of law, and reaction to the Moslem and Christian environments.
Examines classical Jewish sources (Bible, Talmud, and medieval codes) pertaining to ethical issues and discusses the range of ethical positions that may be based on the sources.
Historical investigation of the evolution of Nazi policies toward Jews; of Jewish behavior in the face of those policies; and of the attitudes of other countries, both within and outside of the Nazi orbit, toward the situation of Jews under the rule of the Third Reich.
www.nyu.edu /gsas/dept/hebrew/ucourses.htm   (1999 words)

  
 National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Paradoxically, the particular utopianisms that characterized Hebrew modernism inverted the relation between the real and the imagined in ways that eventually would jeopardize the writer's license to imagine altogether.The goal of achieving a perfect fit between the blueprint and the edifice, between map and territory, is meant to render blueprints and maps obsolete.
The encounter of contemporary Hebrew culture with the empty shelves of what is wistfully referred to as “aron hasefarim hayehudi,” the Jewish bookcase, is, then, largely with the Jewish past and Jewish texts in their diasporic configurations.
Hebrew fiction was planted in the soil of Eretz Yisrael but never fully acclimated, and so never really relinquished the lower-case homelands of the Jewish diaspora.
www2.jewishculture.org /publications/wtjf/publications_wtjf_ezrahi.html   (3840 words)

  
 Hebrew poetry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hebrew poetry is poetry written in the Hebrew language.
Piyyutim: religious Jewish liturgical poetry, in Hebrew or Aramaic.
Hebrew and Jewish epic poetry: epic poetry written by later writers in Hebrew.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hebrew_poetry   (118 words)

  
 FOCUS on ISRAEL (Language)
Prose and poetry both draw motifs, images and a wealth of expression from the Bible, various Jewish sources (Mishna, Talmud and Kabbala) and the creative traditions of the Jewish people in the Diaspora, as well as from the language of daily speech.
His familiarity with the Jewish heritage, together with the influence of 19th and early 20th century European literature, gave rise to a body of fiction dealing with major contemporary spiritual concerns, the disintegration of traditional ways of life, the loss of faith and the subsequent loss of identity.
A break with traditional poetic expression developed during the Jewish Enlightenment in Europe (1781-1881), when full citizenship for Jews and secularization of Jewish life were advocated, and Zionism, the movement calling for the restoration of Jewish national life in the Land of Israel, began to gain momentum.
www.focusmm.com /israel/is_la_01.htm   (2072 words)

  
 JBooks.com - Fiction: Holy Language!
Writing in a secular Hebrew poetic idiom at the turn of the twentieth century was a vote in favor of traditional continuity even as it was an attempt to redefine that tradition for modernity.
Chaim Nachman Bialik (1873-1934), arguably the first modern national poet of the Jewish people, was born in the Ukraine and became a pivotal figure of the Modern Hebrew Renaissance during his years in Odessa (1900-1921) and Berlin (1921-1924) before moving to Tel Aviv in 1924.
Aberbach’s facility, as a scholar of Modern Hebrew letters, is evident in his concise timeline of Bialik’s career, as well as in his readable glosses on Bialik’s choice of particular forms and particular themes in individual works and in his corpus as a whole.
www.jbooks.com /fiction/index/FI_Jelen_Aberbach.htm   (819 words)

  
 UW-Madison, Center for Jewish Studies-Announcements/Lecture Series
A sweeping, epic tale of the adventures of two boys through New York City's cultural and commercial life in the 1930s and 1940s, the novel weaves together themes of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, homophobia, friendship, and the relationship between art and political resistance.
Galit Hasan-Rokem is Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she teaches at the departments of Hebrew Literature and Jewish and Comparative Folklore.
He is the author of Jewish Scholarship and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Between History and Faith (2005), co-editor of German History from the Margins (2006), and has published numerous articles on modern Jewish history.
polyglot.lss.wisc.edu /jewishst/announcements.htm   (2479 words)

  
 This Song: Conspicuous Poetry in Hebrew Prose
The placement of poetry within prose became an established convention of Hebrew narrative, and the broad lines of this convention's development can be discerned in the history of First and Second Temple Jewish literature.
The use of inset poetry quoted as direct speech allowed ancient writers to expand the representational scope and affective impact of their stories without compromising the objective attitude of the narrators.
Because line-divisions are frequently not marked in Egyptian texts, the distinction of poetry from prose is difficult and disputed.
web.syr.edu /~jwwatts/ThisSong.htm   (6955 words)

  
 National Center for the Hebrew Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Of particular interest is the description of the night out at the theater enjoyed by the novel's main protagonist, Friedrich Loewenberg, to which he is taken by his hosts, the leaders of the New Society in Palestine.
The recitation of the Haggada-a blend of the old (the various items in the "order" of the seder are "set" into the text like precious stones in a ring), with the new-is described by Herzl as a "passing over" of the old into the new.
Nor is the founding of Jewish Academy on the model of the Academie Francaise a Jewish turning point.
www.ivrit.org /html/hebrewlifeletters/ifyouwillit.shtml   (592 words)

  
 University of North Texas Jewish Studies Program - General Course Listing
The birth of the Jewish ideology and movement, Zionism, and Arab Nationalism, the creation of the state of Israel, and the series of Arab-Israeli wars starting in 1947 to the present Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The Jewish experience in America from the colonial period to the present.
This course is an introduction to Jewish mysticism, presented in historical survey.
www.unt.edu /jewishstudies/courses/courses.htm   (1264 words)

  
 Ezra Fleischer; poet was an expert on Jewish prayers | The San Diego Union-Tribune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Ruth Langer, an associate professor of Jewish studies at Boston College, called him “a path-breaking scholar who unpacked the liturgical passages of the genizah.” He was said to have worked on 60,000 fragments over 40 years.
His major contribution, Langer said, was to demonstrate that Jewish prayer as it is known today was first developed by the rabbis after the destruction of the Second Temple in A.D. Until Dr. Fleischer's work, the prevailing view held that the prayers had emerged earlier.
He received his doctorate at Hebrew University and taught there until his retirement in 1997, when he was made professor emeritus.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20060806/news_mz1j6fleisch.html   (658 words)

  
 All About Jewish Theatre - Editorial Board
Janet is a past-president of the Association for Jewish Theatre, an international network of theatres and individuals dedicated to the enhancement of Jewish theatre, and serves as the current membership chair.
EDNA NAHSHON is assistant professor of Hebrew at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
She serves as advisor to the Jewish Theatre of Austria and as a consultant on theatre to the National Foundation of Jewish Culture in New York.
www.jewish-theatre.com /visitor/aboutUs_editorialBoard.aspx   (5676 words)

  
 Books and Peace Poetry by Ada Aharoni
She has published twenty-five books, and is recipient of several international prizes and awards, including the World Crown of Poetry, the British Council Poetry Award, and the Haifa and Bremen Literature Prize, and she has been elected one of the "Hundred World Heroines" (Rochester, New York).
She is the Founder and International President of IFLAC: The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace, and LENA: League of Jewish and Arab Women for Peace in the Middle East.
This not only saved her life but also thrust her a leading role of helping Jewish refugees who came to or through Egypt in their attempt to escape the horrors of the Holocaust.
www.iflac.com /ada/books.htm   (681 words)

  
 Yeshiva University Commentator -- Volume 64 Issue 6   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Chaim Bialik was considered the greatest Hebrew poet of modern times, and he exercised profound influence over both modern Jewish culture and contemporary World literature.
He was famous for expressing in his verse the yearnings of the Jewish people, for making the modern Hebrew language a flexible medium of poetic expression and for exploring a wide range of profound themes.
His poems inspired by the pogrom that took place in 1903 in the city of Kishinyov contain some of the fiercest and most anguished verse in Hebrew poetry.
yuweb.addr.com /v64i6/features/jews13bialik.shtml   (422 words)

  
 Epic
Although the cycle may repeat upon itself and vary slightly in order from epic to epic, the general points of the cycle include:
Of course, this label is a misnomer as they are not epics by definition.
Rudy Youngblood and Dalia Hernandez star in Mel Gibson's epic about a refugee from the savagery and cruelty at the end of Mayan civilization in Mexico.
www.paleorama.com /Marvel-E/Epic.php   (1344 words)

  
 Online Texts Related to Jewish History
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jewishhistory.huji.ac.il /links/texts.htm   (2330 words)

  
 Gideon Toury: Hebrew [Translation] Tradition
Hebrew vs. Ezra 5: 14 or 6: 5 in Aramaic).
Hebrew, and it is only recently that the rich
ature and the Hebrew literary centre of the
www.tau.ac.il /~toury/works/routledge.html   (2475 words)

  
 YehudaAmichai   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
It is one of Amichai's richest accomplishments that he, by writing in the modern Hebrew spoken on the streets and in the shops and homes of Israel, helped created a vernacular literature for the new nation.
But "Hebrew" was basically a classical language, preserved in books and texts; it was not supple enough to deal with the modern world, with all its innovations, technologies, new orientations.
So a new language was invented, based on classical Hebrew but formed to meet the needs of a society both religious and secular, both rabbinic and political, both spiritual and commercial.
www.uvm.edu /~sgutman/Amichai.htm   (597 words)

  
 MyJewishLearning.com - Texts: What is the Bible?
The Hebrew Bible, also known as Mikra (“what is read”) or TaNaKh, an acronym referring to the traditional Jewish division of the Bible into Torah (Teaching), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings), is the founding document of the people of Israel, describing its origins, history, and visions of a just society.
Or one might read the Bible in light of the ongoing search for a life of sanctification and redemption, as the Rabbis did.
By examining the various readings of the Bible, we also gain perspective on the diversity of human cultures that have sought to interpretĀ  the Bible.
www.myjewishlearning.com /texts/bible/TO_aboutbible_530.htm   (610 words)

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