TopicBe Aware, Informed, and Involved, With Those Who Are Suffering for Their Faith in Jesus Christ!
The process of transforming the Arthurian legends, Tao Of Rich Review with their very strong Christian overtones, into a Jewish story is masterfully accomplished by using original phraseology and subtle language shifts.
Within the tale lineage is referred to with "zera beit David" (Seed of the House of David) which is the Hebrew of, "comme chele qui est deschendre de la haute lingnie le roi david" of the old French version. The mere mention of the House of David stirs the Jewish mind to the days of greatness when Jewish kings rules in Zion. The images of King David enhances the Jewish identity of the listener. There are also a number of references to the holy city of Jerusalem. Every Jewish heart and hope is close to Jerusalem.
These are the generations of... this typical biblical phrase is utilized throughout the story to introduce the major characters. As one becomes tangled in the web of the tale every emotion and nerve is stimulated. The stories transcend time and brings one to the place where bible and popular medieval folktale merge into one.
The scribe chose his words very carefully in his tales. An instance of careful word usage occurs in the romance when Artus realizes that forty-two of his men "were missing" (nifkdu), having died in the war of the Quest. The word, with slight variation, is used to describe men King David lost in a certain battle. This particular verb appears twice in the Tanach (vayipakdu, II Samuel 2:30, and nifkad, Numbers 31:49) in both cases it is used to tell about men missing in battle.