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Center of Folktales and Folklore


Dov Noy (Neuman) Doctorate thesis

"Motif-Index of Talmudic-Midrashic Literature

The original work as a PDF file

The work as Database

Searching the database

The sources table

Jewish motif list in Thompson's index

Searching the Thompson Jewish motifs


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Amos, Izhar & Chaim Noy.

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Dov Noy (Neuman) was born in Kolomyia, Poland, in 1920 and died on September 29, less than a month short of his 93rd birthday. He immigrated to Israel in 1939, studied at Hebrew University, and began teaching Jewish folk literature in 1955. For his dissertation, which he received from Indiana University, he created a motif-index of Talmudic-Midrashic tales which was soon incorporated into Stith Thompsons six-volume motif-index of the worlds folk literature, greatly raising the status of Jewish folklore in the field.

The Israel Folktale Archives that Noy founded in 1955 eventually amassed thousands of texts, many of them now appearing in English translation in the multi-volume series Folktales of the Jews, edited by Dov Noys student, Dan Ben-Amos.