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A Poet's Bible: Rediscovering the Voices of the Original Text Paperback – January 1, 1993

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This is a modern paraphrase of chapters from various books of the Hebrew Bible (Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Jonah, etc.) and Apocrypha (Judith and Maccabees). Rosenberg is famous (or notorious) as the translator of Harold Bloom's Book of J ( LJ 10/15/90). Each translation is typefaced with a brief explanatory introduction supplemented by a general introduction wherein Rosenberg attempts to explain his intent--which is to get to the heart of the original text through his "modernizations." Some of his renderings make sense and exhibit poetic feeling (e.g., his treatment of Psalm 23), but the majority are quite bizarre and convoluted when compared to traditional translations (e.g, King James Version of the Bible, Revised Standard Version, Jewish Publication Society Bible, etc.). Buy according to demand.
- Robert A. Silver, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156282922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562829223
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Poet-scholar David Rosenberg is co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of J (with Harold Bloom), and the former editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society. A poet of Toronto Coach House, New York School, and Jerusalem Cricket lineage, he has published several volumes of poetry. A Literary Bible presents thirty years of his original translation from ancient Hebrew.

Rosenberg is a survivor of the writing programs at The New School (with Kenneth Koch and Robert Lowell), University of Michigan (with Donald Hall), Syracuse University (with Delmore Schwartz), and University of Essex, England, where he pursued doctoral studies. He taught for several years at York University (Toronto), the City University of New York, and as a Master Poet for the New York State and Connecticut Arts Councils.

At the age of thirty, Rosenberg retired from teaching. For two decades, while working as a literary editor and translator, he studied the origins of ancient Hebrew literature and the Bible, in New York and Israel (with Robert Gordis, Harry Orlinsky, and Chaim Rabin), while his work appeared prominently in Harper's, The New Republic, Hudson Review, Paris Review and elsewhere around the globe (most recently in Chicago Review, Jacket in Australia, and Open Letter in Canada). A Poet's Bible (1991) won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, the first major literary award given to a biblical translation in the U.S.

Rosenberg is the author and editor of more than twenty books, including volumes of contemporary writers on the Bible that first raised the question of how Judeo-Christian culture can be newly reinterpreted. During the past decade he has studied the context for ancient biography, leading to a diptych: Abraham: The First Historical Biography (2006) and An Educated Man: A Dual Biography of Moses and Jesus (2010). He continues to publish critical essays on poetry, as well as his long poem, The Lost Book of Paradise (1993) and a literary version of Kabbalah, Dreams of Being Eaten Alive (2000).

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2000
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Remember _The Book of J_, the study of the Old Testament that asserted that the first few books were originally written by a woman? Much of the same spirit can be found here; this is a very original translation of the Bible, an attempt to translate the poetry of the work rather than the literal meaning.
Of course, purists won't hold with it, but others might find something to like here. Rosenberg isn't quite good enough as a poet to make it work consistently, but the occasional parts that really click (I like his version of Job) are quite exceptional. His introduction (an essay on the language of the Bible) is also good.
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By Sara McGuire on October 8, 2015
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wish I had known someone had written/highlighted through whole book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mountain serenity on February 16, 2014
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I love to read from this poetic Bible. It has helped me to receive these sacred words with new light and joy.
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