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Great Poems of the Bible A Reader's Companion with New Translations

ISBN-10: 1416589023
ISBN-13: 9781416589020
Edition: N/A
Authors: James L. Kugel
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Description: From the Psalms to the Prophets, from job to Ecclesiastes, much of the Bible is written in poetry. The poems of the Bible include some of its best known and most beloved passages: "The Lord is my shepherd," "Let justice roll down like waters," "By  More...

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List price: $21.99
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 10/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

From the Psalms to the Prophets, from job to Ecclesiastes, much of the Bible is written in poetry. The poems of the Bible include some of its best known and most beloved passages: "The Lord is my shepherd," "Let justice roll down like waters," "By the rivers of Babylon," "Remember your Creator," "Arise, shine, for thy light is come!" These poems live in the hearts of those who are familiar with the Bible and offer rich rewards to anyone who is approaching the world's greatest book for the first time. InThe Great Poems of the Bible,Harvard scholar James Kugel presents original translations of the most beautiful and important poems of the Scripture. Taken together, these poems represent the very essence of the Hebrew Bible. Reading them one after another is like taking a guided tour through Scripture, meeting firsthand some of its most important teachings and opening the way to an understanding of the Bible as a whole. Each poem is accompanied by an eloquent and accessible explanation of the poem's language, and a reflection on its meaning. These learned, compact essays introduce readers to the broader spiritual world of ancient Israel. What did people in biblical times believe about God? Where is a person's soul located and what does it do? Is there an afterlife? How does one come to "know" God? Whywasn'tEve meant to be Adam's "helpmate" (Kugel shows how this was just a translator's slip-up), and what does the Bible have to say about the role of women? Kugel's sparkling translations of the poems, together with the fascinating insights that accompany them, distill the very best that the Bible and modern scholarship have to offer. Kugel brings new life to some of history's greatest poems, and offers a new look at a Bible we thought we already knew. Here, in one volume, is a "Bible's bible" that belongs in every home.

Contents Introduction 1. Psalm 104"This is where birds make their nest" A Place in the System 2. Psalm 42"My soul longs for You" The Double Agent 3. Psalm 29"Listen! The Lord" The Death of Baal 4. Amos 4:4 5:24"Let justice roll down like waters" A Prophet in Israel 5. 2 Samuel 1:19-27"How the mighty have fallen!" David's Lament 6. Job 28"There is mine for silver" Where Wisdom is Found 7. Judges 5Deborah's Song Tough Women 8. Psalm 51David's Confession A Pure Heart 9. The One-Line Poem (chosen from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) Solomon's Riddles 10. Isaiah 11:1-9"The wolf will dwell with the lamb" An Ideal Time 11. Psalm 23"The Lord is my shepherd" "And Obscure as That Heaven of the Jews" 12. Jeremiah 12:1-6"You always win, O Lord" Why Do The Wicked Prosper? 13. Psalm 137"By the rivers of Babylon" The Fall of Jerusalem 14. Psalm 119A Psalm of Devotion To Know God 15. The Song of SongsSelections Sea of Love 16. Micah 7:8-20"Who is like You?" God's Character 17. Isaiah 60"Arise, shine!" The Match 18. Ecclesiastes 12"Remember your Creator" For Everyone, a Season Dates of Important Figures and Events Notes on Translations Brief Bibliography Scriptural Index

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