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Herein, however, Jewish myth once more differs considerably from the myths of other nations. 4 The God of Jewish myth is clad in clouds and visits His worlds upon the wings of the wind. He is seated upon the Throne of Glory and His chariots are upon the Ophanim. 6 His Divine attributes • Iliad VIII, 4 1 . 1 BtTachoth, 1oa. 1 Ps. 139, 8-10; 11. 6, 3· 1 Iliad I, 524. ' Ps. 18, 10; Pirk•. d• Rabbi El�ztT, Ch. 4· 1 Puachim, 87b. 1 Largely does Jewish myth dwell upon the minute de scription of the daily occupations of Divinity.
P. 340. 1 Sor.. h, Job. Medi- INTRODUCTION xxxi ators of the spiritual and intellectual life of distant lands and of a remote past, the Jews brought to Europe intellectual treasures and enriched medizval literature with the wealth of an apo cryphal and legendary lore. Hellenistic and Roman, French and German, Italian, or English culture has affected the Jews, but they, too, have influenced the peoples among whom it has been their destiny to dwell. Although not all popular tales, myths, or legends mentioned also in Jewish sources can be directly attributed to the Jews-for they may have been derived from third and earlier sources-a good many myths, legends, tales, and fables were brought to Europe by the Jews and found citizen rights in European literature.
1 Fabtln und Sclruulnkt, ed. Gotze, I, szz, No. 18z; see also Daehnhardt, lot. , pp. 19"20. , hcnvever, Zeiuthri/t /ilr WT61. , Vol. XI, pp. 38-59). INTRODUCTION XXXIII out of him. She barks like a dog when she does not get her will. 1 Hans Sachs, how ever, attributed this story to the Talmud, just as another story in Hermann Schraders' Bilder-Schmuck der deutschen Sprache is attributed to the Talmud. There is, of course, nothing of the kind either in the Talmud or in the Midrashim. A similar error was made by Thomas Moore, who wrote a poem based on the legend that Adam was created with a tail and that out of this tail God made Eve, giving as its origin Rabbinic Lore.
Ancient Israel: v.1: Myths and Legends (Myths & legends) by Angelo S. Rappoport