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"Jewish Biblical Legends: Rabbinic Wisdom for Christian Readers"

"Jewish Biblical Legends"  introduces Christian readers of the Bible to the otherworldly way in which the rabbis of ancient times interpreted sacred texts.  You will discover how the rabbis sought to keep their congregations engaged by telling tales and parables about the Bible.  Sometimes they made up whole new background stories that do not appear in Scripture but shed light on it.  Their interpretive insights were based upon immense knowledge of what Christians call the Old Testament.  This knowledge they employed to keep the congregations engaged and informed.  Joel S. Allen is the Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD.  Joel completed a Ph.D. at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati Ohio where he studied Rabbinic Literature.