Ancient Israel: v.1: Myths and Legends (Myths & legends) by Angelo S. Rappoport

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At the advice of the Rishi she is left there, and the well is stopped. From her body grows the plant out of which opium is made. The smoker of opium acquires all the characteristic traits of the animals into which the mouse had been changed. 1 The Midrash relates that Abraham, after imagining that either the moon or the sun had created the world and were the rulers of the Universe, came to the conclusion, when he saw them disappear from the sky, that they were only servants of the Creator and dependent upon a higher will.

The maiden returned to Brahma, who was delighted at her achievement. ''3 The Jews may have borrowed the tale of Shernhazai and Azael from Babylonia, but there is no doubt that Mohammed de­ rived it from a Jewish source. 1 See Ch. 6. 1 See M. Jaotrow, Rtl;,ian of Boby/tmia and Asl)'riD, 1898; P. Haupt, Das babyltmisch. Nimrodlpos, LeipziiJ, 1884-9 1 ; oee also Tisdal, TM Orii/inal Suurcu of IJu Qi

Before the world was created there existed already many others. The Eternal created many worlds and destroyed them until He produced the present cosmos. "' The pre-existing worlds were preparations for the present one. In this mythical con­ ception lies the idea of an organic progress. When the pre­ existing worlds had fulfilled their purpose they disappeared. 6 Thus many worlds preceded the creation of the present Abot de Rabbi Nathan, Ed. Schechter, p. 46a; W. Bacher, Die Azada tier Tanaitm, 1 Loc.

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