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The Wisdom of Israel

by Edwin Collins


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This is a short anthology of passages from the Jewish wisdom literature of the Talmud and Midrash, part of the Wisdom of the East series. Unlike some similar compilations, Collins documents where possible the source of his quotations. He also apparently translated from the originals rather than reusing existing English renderings.

Title Page
Editorial Note
Why God Permits Idolatry
The Lamp that Goes Out when its Light is Done, and the Figs that are Gathered in their Due Season
The Labourers in the Vineyard
The Likeness of a Palm-Tree
The Tutor and the Naughty Princeling
Those Nearest
The Heritage of the Unborn Prince
The Traveller and the Tree in the Desert
Better Feed the Poor than Entertain the Angels
The Sand, and the Furnace that Purifies
The Stars are not envious!
The King Talks with all His Servants, Small and Great
The Pavilion of the King's Daughter
The Greedy Prince: The Vine is not Watered with Wine
The Potter and his Wares: The Trials of the Righteous
The Education of the Prince
The Induction Robe of the Elder
The King and the Weary Travellers: The Righteous know what is in Store
Equality of all Before God: and the Parable of a Princess Attacked by Robbers
The Father and his Son: The Bath and the Ocean
The Tutor who Corrupted the King's Son
The After-Life, and the Banquet of the King
Many Mansions in the Life to Come
The Labourers in the Garden
The Old Man and the Acorn
The Wise and the Foolish Guests at the King's Feast
The Briar Rose that Saved the Trees
The Two Pilots
R. Judah as Prototype of the Ancient Mariner
The Likeness of the King
Revelations of Mercy and of Punishment
The Citizen Married to the King's Daughter
The Father's Voice
The Parable of the Two Ships
The Child who Questioned though Carried by his Father
The King's Son without Rations
The Poor Woman's Mite
He who Reproacheth the Poor Insults his Maker
The Voiceless Deeps that Praise the Lord: The Parable of the Mutes who Praised the King