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A Literary Bible: An Original Translation
 
 
Author
David Rosenberg, trans.
Publisher Counterpoint  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 7 x 2 inches
ISBN 9781582436197
Pages/Publication Date 681/2009
Daedalus Item Code 32390
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A Jewish sage once said of the original Bible, "Turn it and turn it, for everything is in it." In that spirit, the author of A Poet's Bible and The Book of J offers this literary translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. Translators have long rendered the Bible in a uniform style, despite the fact that the books were written by diverse authors over many centuries. David Rosenberg restores the essence of imaginative creation in the Bible, sensitive to how, when, and by whom the various books were written, while allowing the reader to experience each book in its own contemporary idiom, as though it were written in modern times.

"With more courage than most poets now could even imagine, Rosenberg's translations from the Hebrew Scriptures are the best in a century, without a doubt."—The Nation

"When Rosenberg first came to the Hebrew Bible, he did so convinced that he could interpret it within modern academic theory. Very quickly, he encountered voices so vibrant that they swept away such theoretical pretensions and set him on the daunting lifetime task of translating these voices into authentic vernacular English. The culmination of more than 30 years of labor, this impressive volume combines portions of 18 biblical books—from Genesis through Ezra—restoring to each passage the irresistible creativity and individuality of its now-forgotten author. Whether in the tautly engaging prose narrative of Exodus and Samuel or the strikingly direct poetic imagery of Isaiah and Job, readers feel an insistent human presence defying the barriers of time and culture. Though diverse in tone and mood, these translations deliver the force of minds for whom faith lives as something more than dry orthodoxy. Beyond the brilliant translations, the supplementary commentaries will reward readers disappointed by typical treatments of a dynamic ancient culture. A truly fresh reading of seminal scriptural texts."—Booklist

 
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