Great Poems of the Bible
Reader's Companion with New Translations
By (author) James L. Kugel
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Great Poems of the Bible by James L. Kugel
Book DescriptionIn "The Great Poems of the Bible, " James Kugel, acclaimed Harvard scholar and former poetry editor of "Harpers Magazine, " selects eighteen essential poems from the Hebrew Bible and offers his own original and articulate translations of these core pieces of religious literature. His eloquent renditions are paired with deeply informed discussions about the conditions surrounding each poem, including its history and whatEthe best religious scholarship and literary criticism tell us about how the poem should be understood. Kugel explains traditions, clarifies often-misunderstood language, and offers readers wonderfully insightful explanations that are indispensable to understanding the poems and, ultimately, the fundamental teachings of the Old Testament."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781416589020
(216mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Imprint: The Free Press
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James L. Kugel
Ladder of Jacob, Paperback (March 2009)
Rife with incest, rape, and murder, the biblical story of Jacob and his children must have troubled ancient readers. This title traces the steps of ancient biblical interpreters as they struggled with such problems. It reveals how they often fixed on a little detail in the Bible's wording to 'deduce' something not openly stated in the narrative.
How to Read the Bible, Paperback (October 2008)
A renowned scholar and professor of biblical studies presents an essential introduction and companion to the Bible that combines the controversial discoveries of modern scholarship with the wisdom of ancient interpreters.
Bible as it Was, Paperback (November 1999)
This is a guide to the Hebrew Bible, leading the reader chapter by chapter through its most important stories. It aims to show how ancient interpretors let their own interpretations become the generally accepted meaning. All the major transformations and developments of the text are examined.
Idea of Biblical Poetry, Paperback (June 1998)» View all books by James L. Kugel
The story of how each age understood the nature biblical poetry, Kugel concludes, is a key to understanding the Bible's place in the history of Western thought.
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