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The Idea of Biblical Poetry: Parallelism and Its History Paperback – June 5, 1998

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By challenging some of scholarship's most cherished positions, this book will undoubtedly become the sine qua non for all future discussions of biblical language.

(Journal of the American Academy of Religion)

This book is a truly remarkable achievement.

(P. Wernberg-Moller Journal of Jewish Studies)

A pleasure to read and obviously fun to write, a book which reminds us, through its mastery of critical rhetoric and immense learning, of the playfulness of being a scholar.

(Francis Landy Journal for the Study of the Old Testament)

Consistently erudite, lucid, honest, revisionist, and awesomely comprehensive.

(Shofar)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (June 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801859441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801859441
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James L. Kugel, Starr Professor of Hebrew at Harvard from 1982 to 2003, now lives in Jerusalem. A specialist in the Hebrew Bible and its interpretation, he is the author of The God of Old and The Great Poems of the Bible. His course on the Bible was regularly one of the two most popular at Harvard, enrolling more than nine hundred students.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is rich in its knowledge of and analysis of Biblical poetry. It sees the kind of intensification of language which poetry is by examining the device of parallelism which is a central feature of Biblical poetry.

While the book is rich in analysis and idea I found it very difficult going. And I am sure there is much more in it than my reading was able to get out of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Karalitzky on July 3, 2013
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James Kugel has always been profound and yet user-friendly. His analysis of what a Biblical poem consists of and how understanding Biblical poetry helps us understand the inner workings of the Bible remains one of the most profound works of this genre. This, like every book of his, will keep you involved and always thinking. Generating further thought and analysis, creating heuristic import, is what the greatest scholars want. Kugel once again succeeds.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith Abraham on September 4, 2014
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That Kugel knows his subject - there is no doubt. This is a scholarly work, best suited for those who already have established a solid foundation of study in the realm of Biblical texts. It is well organized, and clearly written - although, again I stress, that it is not for the beginner. I have taken the remainder of the text from his online CV. It will give a much clearer picture of the man and his dedication to subject. The world of Jewish studies has been blessed by his continuing scholarship,

JAMES KUGEL was born in New York. From 1982-2003 he was Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University. He retired from Harvard to become Director of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University in Israel, where he has also served as chairman of the Department of Bible.

A specialist in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Kugel is the author of some sixty research articles and eleven books, including The Idea of Biblical Poetry, In Potiphar's House, On Being a Jew, and The Bible As It Was (this last the winner of the Grawemeyer Prize in Religion in 2001). His latest books are The God of Old (Free Press, 2003), The Ladder of Jacob (Princeton, 2006), and How to Read the Bible (Free Press, 2007), awarded the National Jewish Book Award for the best book of 2007. In the Valley of the Shadow is due out in 2011. He is a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Association for Jewish Studies, and Editor in chief of Jewish Studies: an Internet Journal.
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