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By Roger Abrahams

From the canefileds of the ante-bellum South, the villages of the Caribbean islands, and the streets of latest internal towns, listed below are a couple of hundred stories from an "incredibly wealthy and affirmative storytelling tradition" (Choice).

Full of lifestyles, knowledge, and humor, those stories variety from the earthy comedy of tricksters to tales explaining how the realm used to be created and bought to be how it is, to ethical fables that inform of encounters among masters and slaves. They comprises tales set down in travelers' reviews and plantation journals from the early 19th century, stories accrued by way of creditors reminiscent of Joel Chandler Harris and Zora Neale Hurston, and narratives tape-recorded via Roger Abrahams himself in the course of large expeditions during the American South and the Caribbean.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy story and Folkore Library

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1 ) . In this sense also does Philo use the term "sophists" as a descrip­ tion of the traditional Jewish scholars in Alexandria (cf. below, p. 59). • Qu. in Gen. I, 100; Harris, Fragments, p. 19. • Post. 1, 2. » Cf. below, pp. 166, 176, 177. " Cont. 1, 6; cf. Congr. 4, 15; Probus 16, 105. " Cont. 1, 6; Probus 16, 105. Legat. 1 1 , 78. HELLENISTIC JUDAISM AND PHILO 29 14 have seen, he mentions also among the gods without dis­ tinguishing them as demigods. Besides heroes, he denounces also the deification of kings, with especial reference to the claim of Caligula, considering such a claim as being only a ridiculous imitation of ancient Greek deification of heroes and suggesting that this deification of kings, with particular reference to the case of Caligula, found no recognition among people, whether Greeks or barbarians, except among the native Egyptians of Alexandria, who were susceptible to it by reason of their belief in animal worship.

Spec. II, 29, 165. Aet. 3, 10; 5, 20. 90 ibid, I, 56, 307. ' Probus 20, 140. •» Iliad IV, 68, et passim. Mos. I, 7, 36. w Cf. L. Preller, Griechische Mythologiespp. 958-959. Congr. 17, 93. , 30, 171. * Abr. 15, 7 1 . Cf. Preller, op. , pp. 942, 950, 958, 959. Cf. Brlhier, pp. 74-75. 86 8 93 94 9 1 HELLENISTIC JUDAISM A N D PHILO 39 because he knew full well that, while in form they were bor­ rowed from Greek popular religion, in substance they ex­ pressed certain characteristics of God which are to be found in Scripture.

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