Folklore in the Old Testament Studies in Comparative Religion Legend and Law

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Folklore in the Old Testament: Studies in Comparative Religion, Legend, and Law written in 1918 by Sir James Frazer, compares episodes in the Old Testament with similar stories from other cultures in the ancient world. While less well known than The Golden Bough,[1] Frazer's other major work, it is still considered a milestone in comparative folklore.[2]


  • Part 1) Early ages of the world: Creation of man, Fall of man, mark of Cain, great flood, Tower of Babel;
  • Part 2) Patriarchal age: Covenant of Abraham, Heirship of Jacob or ultimogeniture, Jacob and the kidskins or the new birth, Jacob at Bethel, Jacob at the well, covenant of the cairn, Jacob at the ford of the Jabbok, Joseph's cup;
  • Part 3) Times of the judges and the kings: Moses in the ark of bulrushes, Samson and Delilah, bundle of life, witch of Endor, sin of a census, keepers of the threshold, sacred oaks and terebinths, high places of Israel, silent widow;
  • Part 4) The Law: Place of the law in Jewish history, not to seethe a kid in its mother's milk, cuttings for the dead, ox that gored, golden bells.

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  1. ^ Gale A. Yee; High R. Page Jr.; Matthew J.M. Coomber (1 October 2014). Fortress Press Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha. Fortress Press. pp. 67–. ISBN 978-1-4514-8966-8. 
  2. ^ Alan Dundes (1 January 2000). Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-585-16584-4.