The Great Poems of the Bible

In 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 ...

The Great Poems of the Bible

The Great Poems of the Bible

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. In The 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? Why wasn't Eve 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.

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The Great Poems of the Bible
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: James L. Kugel
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-04-24 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

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
The Great Poems of the Bible
Language: en
Pages: 350
Authors: James L. Kugel
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-01-01 - Publisher:

From the Psalms to the Prophets, from Job to Ecclesiastes, much of the Bible is written in poetry. Some of these best known passages include: "The Lord is my shepherd," "Let justice roll down like waters," "By the rivers of Babylon," & "Arise, shine, for they light is come." These
Biblical Poetry and the Art of Close Reading
Language: en
Pages: 328
Authors: J. Blake Couey, Elaine T James
Categories: Bibles
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-08-31 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Explores the aesthetic dimensions of biblical poetry, offering close readings of poems across the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.
The Assemblyman
Language: en
Pages: 114
Authors: James Kugel
Categories: Bibles
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-09-30 - Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

"The Assemblyman," title poem of the present collection, is an extended meditation on the biblical book of Ecclesiastes.
Biblical Poems Embedded in Biblical Narratives
Language: en
Pages: 90
Authors: Sharon R. Chace
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-13 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Biblical Poems Embedded in Biblical Narratives is an easy-to-use course book that synthesizes Sharon Chace’s interests in poetry, art, and biblical studies. Pastors and teachers will be able to craft their unique presentations for the first session—introducing both the subject and each other—based upon Sharon’s introduction. The following sessions include

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