Winner 2000 National Jewish Book AwardWinner 1999 Shalom Aleichem Award for the Study of Jewish LiteratureA Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2000
The most comprehensive account of its subject now available, this impressive study lives up to the encyclopedic promise of its title." —Choice
The Hebrew Folktale seeks to find and define the folk-elements of Jewish culture. Through the use of generic distinctions and definitions developed in folkloristics, Yassif describes the major trends—structural, thematic, and functional—of folk narrative in the central periods of Jewish culture.