Praise for In the Valley of the Shadow:
"Kugel has the great critic's knack for making difficult poetry seem much easier than it is...When he talks openly about his new, chagrined grasp of his all-too-human condition, he adds something raw and beautiful to his exegetical prowess."
(The New York Times Book Review
"Kugel has used his wide-ranging knowledge to affirm religious faith,doing so richly."
"[Kugel] is a powerful academic mind...a captivating miscellany of sweetness, hope, information, scholarship, sobriety, uncertainty and humour...His elegant prose, his extreme literary competence, and his tone -- not at all maudlin -- together make watching him tenaciously pursuing the fleeting a welcome pleasure."
(Winnipeg Free Press
"Rich with original, exciting ideas...[In the Valley of the Shadow] is about a man's sense of wonder as he ponders being a self-contained being in a vast universe."
(The Seattle Times
"Kugel has always worn his great erudition not just lightly but alluringly, anda memoir/polemic frees him as never before."
"Written with eloquence suitable to a scholar of Biblical poetry, Kugel's memoir-cum-meditation will appealto thoughtful Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike."
About the Author
James L. Kugel is Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University, and a regular visiting Professor of Biblical Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is the author of a number of books of biblical scholarship, including How to Read the Bible
(2007), for which he won the National Jewish Book Award for best book, The Great Poems of the Bible
(1999), and The Bible As It Was
(1997). In 2001, Kugel was awarded the prestigious Grawemeyer Prize in Religion. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel, and in Cambridge, Massachusetts.