This controversial, bestselling collaboration is a translation of and critical look at text within Genesis, Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy written by an ostensibly female author known only as "J." (Nov.)no PW
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Modern biblical critics have called the author of the oldest texts in the Hebrew Bible J, standing for Jahweh. Bloom and translator Rosenberg, authors of many works of literary criticism and of Jewish and biblical studies, have collaborated on a clear but controversial translation and analysis of parts of the Pentateuch using the term Jahweh. Bloom claims that the author of J was a woman, living in or at the time of the Solomonic court, 950-900 B.C.E., who wrote these selections not as a religious or historical treatise but as a literary work that Bloom compares to Shakespeare. While Rosenberg's translation is both modern and moving, he has made significant changes in the meanings of the Hebrew text. The proofs offered for these theories are no substitute for hard evidence. Nevertheless, The Book of J deserves consideration as a literary work.
- Maurice Tuchman, Hebrew Coll. Lib., Brookline, Mass.
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The blurb for this book puts J's story, as Rosenberg translates it, right up there with Homer, Shakespeare, and Tolstoy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by voghit
Interesting book. Some knowledge before hand of Old Testament both in the Jewish and Christian tradition is helpful.Published 3 months ago by Gary Steffen
Harold Bloom, incomparable literary critic, stole my heart with The Book of J. His research, as always, is deep, his insights more so. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tailer
Why? Let me count the ways... (based on R. E. Friedman's review in "Bible Review").
1). WRONG BOOK. Their "book of J" is not J. Read more
I always felt that there was something amiss with a god that demanded "blood and guts", that out of one side of his mouth said, "Don't kill" and from the other said, "Kill all the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patricia Robinett
It offers a unique view of what I would the God story. This is God with real temper and an explosive personalityPublished 17 months ago by Robert Manning