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

The Great Poems of the Bible A Reader s Companion with New Translations Biblical scholar James Kugel offers a magnificent exploration of eighteen of the most beautiful and important poems of the Old Testament

  • Title: The Great Poems of the Bible: A Reader's Companion with New Translations
  • Author: James L. Kugel
  • ISBN: 9780743253260
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Biblical scholar James Kugel offers a magnificent exploration of eighteen of the most beautiful and important poems of the Old Testament.

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    • Armand says:

      Non-fiction- a series of essays.While this book dwells on forms of Biblical poetry, it's main focus is on taking the more famous poetic sections of the Old Testament and using them to examine the beliefs, ideals and lives of the people of ancient Israel. It definitely introduced me to what scholars consider are the best poems of the Old Testament. However it's not so much about poetry itself butabout interpreting religion through poetry. Interesting, but not what I expected. All in all, Great Po [...]

    • John says:

      The Bible here refers to the Hebrew Bible, what Christians call the Old Testament. There's not much poetry in the New Testament anyway.This is not one of those hoary Bible-as-literature books. James L. Kugel makes it clear that he sees the Bible as God's word. The literary devices aren't the main thing; they are tools used to express God's precepts in particular ways.Each chapter begins with Kugel's translation of a poetic biblical passage (the exception is Psalm 23, for which Kugel uses the Kin [...]

    • Yeedle says:

      It's a great book and it really is a great introduction to the language of the bible and its poetry. In a way, it opened up for me a new way of looking at the bible and at what it says. And unlike Kugel's magnum opus "How to Read the Bible", in this book Kugel is much less technical and dry and much more flowery and fluid. I would dare say Kugel is much better at being a modern interpreter and purveyor of ancient interpretations of the bible than he's at being a bible historian (God of Old, HTRT [...]

    • Scribblescribe says:

      This book is not for the faint hearted. If you want a truely complex book that makes you think about the bible, this is it. I admit I didn't understand many things in it, but maybe this is because the author is more learned than I am. I certainly do not have a solid background in the Bible, so this may have contributed to it. When one thinks of the Bible, they usually think of it as a Christian term, but this book was written from what I believe to be a Jewish perspective that was more about ana [...]

    • Sue says:

      Excellent. Kugel takes several "great poems" in the Hebrew Bible, including some Psalms, selections from the Prophets, &c gives his own sometimes slightly idiosyncratic translation, & discusses the poem's place & context. He also includes a chapter on the "Mashal" (basically, one-line aphorisms, especially as in the book of Proverbs ("Mishlei"), & explains how to interpret them.

    • Carol says:

      The translations are excellent but the commentary makes this a very special book--makes you really think about the meaning of these texts.

    • Patrick Donohue says:

      Going to read this again; amazing insights; amazing scholar!

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