- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393347265
- ISBN-13: 978-0393347265
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great and original... The writing in this form, as poetry, adds a new dimension to their beauty, conciseness, paradox, and mystery. --Gerald Stern
Barnstone's The Poems of Jesus Christ is indeed an impressive and inspiring book. It convincingly demonstrates how the teaching of Jesus, spoken in verse, was "imbued with joyful or sorrowful insight and inlight."
The vividness and beauty of the language emerge in a fresh way with evocative simplicity. --Robert Alter"
Great and original The writing in this form, as poetry, adds a new dimension to their beauty, conciseness, paradox, and mystery. --Gerald Stern"
Four of the best things in America are Walt Whitman s Leaves, Herman Melville s Whales, and the sonnets of Barnstone s The Secret Reader: 501 Sonnets, and my daily corn flakes that rough poetry of morning. --Jorge Luis Borges"
This recasting from the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, presents Jesus words poetically and faithfully to their full power that of poetry. "
Barnstone offers excerpts from The Restored New Testament, his innovative and much-praised 2009 translation. "
Like most early prophets, Jesus would have spoken in a form of poetry, albeit one based on patterns of sounds, repetition, and other devices of prosody quite different from the Greco-Roman forms. What Barnstone has now produced, he hopes, is a sequence of Jesus s aphorisms. "
A book landed on my desk with the curious title The Poems of Jesus Christ. Somebody putting words in Jesus mouth? I wondered. Not at all. The poet and scholar Willis Barnstone has simply gone back to the biblical text, translating from the original, and shown how Jesus in the gospels speaks in pure poetry. "
In restoring the words of Jesus to their rightful poetry, and making an excellent case for this necessity, Barnstone brings their music, passion, ethics and intellectual rigor into a more complete view. --Barbara Berman"
Barnstone s The Poems of Jesus Christ is indeed an impressive and inspiring book. It convincingly demonstrates how the teaching of Jesus, spoken in verse, was "imbued with joyful or sorrowful insight and inlight." "
When I read such verses aloud, it does not matter to me whether a poem or poetic saying comes from King James, Douay-Rheims, New Revised Standard, New Jerusalem Bible, Revised English Version, or any of the dozens of translations I ve read and loved. But, once again, Prof. Barnstone took our idea to a new level After the second full reading and the third and fourth randomly-done peeks, I continue to recommend this book highly. --Mary Harwell Sayler"
About the Author
Willis Barnstone, professor, poet, and scholar, is the author of eighty volumes, including The Restored New Testament, The Gnostic Bible, The Poems of Jesus Christ, The Poetics of Translation, and Mexico in My Heart: New and Selected Poems. He lives in Oakland, California, and Paris.
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Willis Barnstone has given us a beautiful and historical gift in his unveiling of The Poems of Jesus Christ; the perfect concert two centuries apart, by two deeply intelligent and influential spiritual souls. Peace and hope and love are here; Jesus' words and WIllis as translator are in solid harmony. This collection shifts my mental rumble toward a calming , a quietness.
The wisdom of the lyrics, the intensity and purity on each page is classic, reflecting hope. This is a beautifully designed book for children and adults, for novices and scholars. I've just sent one to a special friend, a brilliant a book to share.
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