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The Children of Noah: Jewish Seafaring in Ancient Times

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Here the late Raphael Patai (1910-1996) recreates the fascinating world of Jewish seafaring from Noah's voyage through the Diaspora of late antiquity. In a work of pioneering scholarship, Patai weaves together Biblical stories, Talmudic lore, and Midrash literature to bring alive the world of these ancient mariners. As he did in his highly acclaimed book The Jewish Alchemists, Patai explores a subject that has never before been investigated by scholars. Based on nearly sixty years of research, beginning with study he undertook for his doctoral dissertation, The Children of Noah is literally Patai's first book and his last. It is a work of unsurpassed scholarship, but it is accessible to general readers as well as scholars.

An abundance of evidence demonstrates the importance of the sea in the lives of Jews throughout early recorded history. Jews built ships, sailed them, fought wars in them, battled storms in them, and lost their lives to the sea. Patai begins with the story of the deluge that is found in Genesis and profiles Noah, the father of all shipbuilders and seafarers. The sea, according to Patai's interpretation, can be seen as an image of the manifestation of God's power, and he reflects on its role in legends and tales of early times. The practical importance of the sea also led to the development of practical institutions, and Patai shows how Jewish seafaring had its own culture and how it influenced the cultures of Mediterranean life as well. Of course, Jewish sailors were subject to the same rabbinical laws as Jews who never set sail, and Patai describes how they went to extreme lengths to remain in adherence, even getting special emendations of laws to allow them to tie knots and adjust rigging on the Sabbath.

The Children of Noah is a capstone to an extraordinary career. Patai was both a careful scholar and a gifted storyteller, and this work is at once a vivid history of a neglected aspect of Jewish culture and a treasure trove of sources for further study. It is a stimulating and delightful book.

Synopsis:

The late Raphael Patai recreates the fascinating world of Jewish seafaring, from Noah's voyage through the Diaspora of late antiquity. Patai weaves together Biblical stories, Talmudic lore, and Midrash literature to bring alive the world of these ancient mariners. Illustrations.

Synopsis:

"This work is altogether a masterpiece of substance and style. It is not only a major contribution to our knowledge of the ancient world. . .but it is as well a sheer reading delight for humanists of all backgrounds."--Howard M. Sachar, George Washington University

About the Author

Raphael Patai was the author of more than thirty books on Jewish history, folklore, biblical studies, and Middle Eastern culture. Among his best-known books are "The Jewish Alchemists "(Princeton)," The Jewish Mind", "The Hebrew Goddess", and "Hebrew Myths" (with Robert Graves).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface: How This Book Was Written
Introduction
Ch. 1The Ark of Noah3
Ch. 2Ships and Seafaring in the Bible12
Ch. 3Construction and Parts22
Ch. 4Types of Ships39
Ch. 5The Crew47
Ch. 6Maritime Trade53
Ch. 7In the Harbor60
Ch. 8On the High Seas64
Ch. 9Naval Warfare73
Ch. 10Laws of the Sea and the River85
Ch. 11Similes and Parables101
Ch. 12Sea Legends and Sailors' Tales109
Ch. 13Ports and Port Cities132
Ch. 14Lake Kinneret160
AppBiblical Seafaring and the Book of Mormon171
Abbreviations Used in the Notes177
Notes185
Index209

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691015804
Other:
Hornell, James
Other:
Lundquist, John M.
Author:
Patai, Raphael
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Navigation
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Subject:
Jewish - Ancient
Subject:
Navigation -- Palestine -- History.
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Archaeology and Ancient History
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones 17 line illus. 2 maps
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Middle East » General History
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Jewish History
Transportation » Nautical » Ships and Ship History

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"Synopsis" by , The late Raphael Patai recreates the fascinating world of Jewish seafaring, from Noah's voyage through the Diaspora of late antiquity. Patai weaves together Biblical stories, Talmudic lore, and Midrash literature to bring alive the world of these ancient mariners. Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , "This work is altogether a masterpiece of substance and style. It is not only a major contribution to our knowledge of the ancient world. . .but it is as well a sheer reading delight for humanists of all backgrounds."--Howard M. Sachar, George Washington University
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