Divine Drama by John Dancy
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Divine Drama
By John Dancy

The Divine Drama

The Old Testament as Literature

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Format: Paperback

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Divine Drama by John Dancy

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The Bible, as is often said, is the world's least-read bestseller. That is particularly true of the Old Testament. People are often put off by the sheer bulk of the material and its frequently undistinguished quality. John Dancy has selected large samples from most of the canonical and apocryphal books, amounting to just under a third of the total, chosen for artistic merit and intrinsic interest rather than for representative status or theological value. Literature of this stature, he says, should not be restricted to academics and believers. To make it more approachable, the text is presented with commentary on the same page, in smaller type so that attention is never diverted from the original. The commentary mostly concentrates on literary matters but provides technical explanations where necessary. In addition a sensitive and sound introduction also puts the Hebrew writings in the historical context of the ancient Near East. Extracts are used from a variety of translations, preferring the most faithful in language, tone and style for each section. Accuracy is a prime concern, but so is poetry. Above all, the selections bring out the inherent dramatic qualities of the verse dialogues and narrative prose. Nothing quite like this has yet been made available. The Divine Drama will be a welcome addition to the library of any thoughtful reader who cares for good stories.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780718829872
ISBN-10: 0718829875
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 47mm)
Pages: 800
Imprint: Lutterworth Press
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Dancy

John Dancy is a classicist by training and a teacher by trade. He has been Master of Marlborough College, Principal of St Luke's College of Education at Exeter and Professor of Education at Exeter University. Among his previous publications are commentaries on 1 Maccabees and on the shorter books of the Apocrypha and an admired biography of Sir Walter Oakeshott (1995). He started learning Hebrew at the age of 33 in order to carry out this project, his life's work.

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