A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
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Zephaniah by Adele Berlin
Book DescriptionWith keen insight and lucid analysis, Adele Berlin brings the dramatic words of the great prophet Zephaniah to life. Living under the tumultuous reign of King Josiah of Judah (640-609 BCE), Zephaniah predicted the final day of judgment when God would come to the fate of Israel and other nations. The book of "Zephaniah" is composed as a charged dialogue between God and the prophet. As their conversation unfolds, we learn of the doomed destiny which are indifferent to the Lord's power and of humans who have become too enthralled worldly riches. As piercing as any modern day social critic, Zephaniah proclaims salvation only for those who lead a life of simplicity, faith, and humility.The new translation by Adele Berlin, a literary, as well as biblical scholar, celebrates the vivid and powerful language of this ancient poet. In staccato exclamations, elevated rhetoric, and a rich tapestry of metaphors and similes, Zephaniah paints a world beset by corruption, idolatry, and war. Berlin's contemporary commentary illuminates not only the beauty of Zephaniah's poetry, but also the political meaning behind his anguished verse. For the biblical scholar, Berlin draws vital similarities between Zephaniah's references and the rest of the Hebrew Bible. For general readers, Berlin's accessible "Zephaniah" is an invitation to explore the political and socially turbulent times of this ancient prophet's world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300140804
(235mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Adele Berlin
Interpreting Scriptures in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Hardback (June 2016)
This comparative study examines how scriptures - the Bible and the Qur'an - were interpreted in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam throughout history.
Jewish Study Bible, Hardback (November 2014)View all books by Adele Berlin
Includes preface to the 1985 JPS edition, published under title: Tanakh: a new translation of the Holy Scriptures according to the traditional Hebrew text.
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