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Bringing Bible to boys? Teaching Torah to tykes?
Here is a format that everyone likes.
By translating it into rhyme on these pages,
God's word becomes accessible to all ages.
The main translation has been done line by line,
But for smaller kids, summaries will work just fine.

Sinners and righteous men, Pharaohs and slaves,
The Lord when he takes life, the Lord when he saves,
The Lord's Ten Commandments, the Lord's awesome power,
The heights of Mount Sinai, and Babel's great tower,
Isaac and Abraham, Abel and Cain,
Noah, the Ark, and a whole lot of rain,
The Garden of Eden, Sodom and Gomorrah,
It's all covered here in this new rhyming Torah.

"Seth Brown has in this volume undertaken a new translation of the Torah into verse. It is refreshing, thrilling, and pregnant with insight. It calls, challenges and compels attention. Readers will not be able to put it down."
--Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes

"My favorite translations of the Five Books of Moses preserve some of the wordplay, humor, and poetry of the original Hebrew. In this version of the traditional text, Seth Brown does all that and then some. This rendition is at once serious and irreverent, attentive to the subtleties and the oddities of Biblical text. And it rhymes. This isn't your father's Torah, or your rabbi's, or your priest's. In the words of Monty Python, this is something completely different. Vive la difference!"
--Rachel Barenblat ("The Velveteen Rabbi"), MFA, ALEPH rabbinic student, and author of chaplainbook

About the Author

Seth Brown is an award-winning writer and poet. From 1997-2000, his rhyming column "Issue of the week" appeared on Sundays in Rhode Island's largest paper, the Providence Journal. In 2001, he was named Poet Laureate of the Williams College Debate Society, in 2003 and 2006, he won BBSpot's Annual Limerick Contest, and in 2004, became a Contributing Editor to the OEDILF (Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form). He took 3rd place in the 2008 Western Massachusetts Poetry Slam Competition, and frequently wins local poetry slams. Outside of the poetry world, Seth's work has appeared in various places ranging from the Washington Post’s Style Invitational to USA Today. He has held humor columns in publications such as JVibe Magazine and the Berkshire Advocate, and currently writes his award-winning column "The Pun Also Rises" for the North Adams Transcript. He is the author of Think You're The Only One? (Barnes & Noble, 2004) and Rhode Island Curiosities (Globe Pequot Press, 2007).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451522134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451522136
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,345,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jaye Fox on December 18, 2010
Yes, I would describe this if I could. But I can't. Suffice it to say that it is extremely respectful of the original text (so, if you're looking for some kind of parody, look elswhere...), but oddly transformed by Seth Brown's amazingly skillful transposition into rhyme. Old stories caught my attention in a way they haven't in an awfully long time, and I think this may be the only tolerable way to actually read Numbers (you know, the one with all the "begats"). It would take a smarter gal than I to explain why this is so compelling, but that ain't me. Fortunately, Seth Brown may be a genius, and whoever you are, you should probably buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Friedman on March 29, 2011
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Seth Brown's ability to rhyme is, alone, impressive. His ability to convert the entirety of the first five books of Moses into rhyming verse is nothing short of astounding.
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