Tag Archives: Midrash

The Seething Blood and the Massacare at Solomon’s Temple

The previous post told the story of the Shamir, and of the building of Solomon’s Temple. In this post, I’ll bring some traditions regarding the destruction of that temple. The Biblical narrative can be found at the end of Kings … Continue reading

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Solomon, Shamir and Ashmedai

Sorry for the slow update rate – hopefully, with the nearing term break, I’ll be able to speed things up a little. In this post, I’m going to relate¬†two of the many legends about King Solomon. With a thousand wives … Continue reading

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It’s a Bird!

This is the final part of a series of three posts on the gigantic mythical beasts of Jewish mythology. The previous posts were about Leviathan and Behemoth, creatures which the non-Jewish reader of the Old Testament is probably familiar with … Continue reading

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The Beast that Dwells upon a Thousand Mountains

This is the second of a series of three posts dealing with the large megabeasts of Jewish folklore. Having spoken of Leviathan, current king of the sea and future meal and construction material, we now turn to its partner Behemoth, … Continue reading

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The Big Bad Fish

The next three posts will be dedicated to the three mythical beasts that are first mentioned in the Bible and repeatedly obsessed over in later texts: Leviathan, King of the Fish; Behemoth, King of the Land Animals; and Ziz Shadai, … Continue reading

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Armilus, Son of the Stone

I’ve written before about syncretism – how a culture comes in contact with another, absorbs certain myths or symbols, and tweaks them to fit better with its previously-established symbols and myths. Where this phenomenon gets really funky, though, is when … Continue reading

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The Two-Headed Gentleman from the World Beneath the Earth

With the possible exception of weird alien civilizations, cultures don’t exist in vacuum. People, communicative and receptive creatures as they are, tend to absorb ideas, symbols and images from other cultures. This phenomenon is known as syncretism. Early Christianity, for … Continue reading

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