Jewish mythology

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The Jewish mythology includes all the legends , myths and fairy tales of the Jewish people. Mainly the characters of Jewish mythology can already be found in the Tanakh . A world of stories that goes beyond the biblical text has developed around many.

A major source of Jewish mythology is the midrashim , rabbinical commentary on the Bible . However, some legends did not emerge until the medieval Jewish diaspora , such as the cycle about Rabbi Judah Löw from Prague and his golem . A collection of the sagas and legends can be found in the Ma'assebuch .


  • René Bloch, Moses and the Myth: the examination of Greek mythology by Jewish-Hellenistic authors. Brill: Leiden, Boston 2011 (Supplements to the Journal for the study of Judaism, 145). Review by Gábor Buzási, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.04.59