Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Great Code: The Bible and Literature 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
My major disappointment with the book is that it grandly ignores Jacques Derrida and the deconstructionist critique of Frye's assumptions about the relationship between language and life, Word and presence. He mentions Derrida in the intro (the book appeared in 1981) and hints at a counterargument, but I would have liked to see him follow through, since their brand of criticism aims squarely at Frye's type of reading. Those with a more historical interest in the Bible will also balk at Frye's acceptance of the book as a unity, endorsing the misreading that turned the rich and varied texts of the Hebrew Torah into a vast typological waiting room for the Christian Messiah.
Still, this is a powerful interpretation that anyone with an interest in myth and religion should greatly enjoy.
This great text is an all-time classic that will appeal to the scholar and the layperson alike.
Frye is an amazing syncretist. I have never read any author other than Frye who can slip in and out of various disciplines so easily,and all the while weaving a "seamless web" of an argument that is logically structured and beautifully written. I realize that some statements in the text may offend conservative readers, but overall, the book is neutral regarding any matter of systemic doctrine or denominationally specific exegetical concerns. If anything, Frye's text offers the highest praise for the Bible
by showing how the language and imagery of the KJV penetrates all aspects of western literary and intellectual culture.
Coogan's Archaeological Inquiry:
Professor Coogan explains, "The first challenges to this traditional understanding of the Bible as unequivocally the word of God, consistent and free from error, came in the 17th century, when philosophers challenged traditional views about the Bible's authorship and authority, by appealing to common sense, logic and historical method. By the 19th century this approach had gained considerable momentum. During the same period thousands of ancient texts-in languages such as Assyrian, Babylonian, Aramaic and later Sumerian and Ugaritic-were excavated, deciphered and translated. Many of these texts had close or even verbatim correspondences with biblical passages, so that the view of the Bible as a unique document without parallel came under irrevocable challenge. Finally, there was an exponential growth of scientific knowledge: The Bible was simply not true or not simply true, in the sense in which it had for so long been considered. Its cosmology, anthropology and chronology were often just wrong. For the most part, scholars engaged in this new criticism were not only believers but ordained clergy, generally teachers in seminaries." Between the Scholars and the Pew
A feel for the context
Bible students are warned to be aware of the figurative devices in the Bible and the need to carefully read and study the Bible to become familiar with the ways that language is utilized.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I admire Northrup Frye as I admire few other critics. His Anatomy Of Criticism influenced my own thinking about literature perhaps more than any other single work of large-scale... Read morePublished 5 days ago by William A. Smith
I recently finished this book and still haven't lost the sensation and the sweet taste of the author style. A very special one indeed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Odysseus at home
After his "Anatomy of Criticism" (the very best and most important work of Canadian critic Northrop Frye, IMHO), and "Fearful Symmetry", add this book to your... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. A. I.
Not a novel, but a great book explaining how literature is nurtured by the Bible.Published 11 months ago by Cynthia Ramirez
Note: This review takes a look at Frye’s remarkable book on the Bible as a literary work. Frye steers clear of any preaching or evangelizing in this work and everything I have read... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David W. Riemer
Amazon forced me to select stupid options in my review. The Great Code isn't a novel but rather one of the best scholarly analyses of the Bible as literature by a premier... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pamela S.
"The Great Code" really re-configured the way that I conceive of the Bible as a literary document. After two centuries of historical criticism (or narrative criticism as it's... Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by A Certain Bibliophile
This wonderful book really enhanced my ability to appreciate the Bible on deeper levels. Frye writes about how the Bible is a poetic, metaphoric, mythic, and universal work with... Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Nancy E. Deren