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The great poems of the Bible : a reader's companion with new translations
Kugel, James L.
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New York : Free Press, [1999]

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350 pages ; 23 cm
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BS1405.2 .K74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In The Great Poems of the Bible, Harvard scholar James Kugel presents original translations of the most beautiful and important poems of the Scripture. Taken together, these poems represent the very essence of the Hebrew Bible. Reading them one after another is like taking a guided tour through Scripture, meeting firsthand some of its most important teachings and opening the way to an understanding of the Bible as a whole. Book jacket.

Author Notes

James L. Kugel is Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University and Visiting Professor of Bible Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is the author of a number of books of biblical scholarship. A former poetry editor for Harper's magazine, he divides his time between Jerusalem, Israel, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

1. Psalm 104 "This is where birds make their nest"p. 26
A Place in the Systemp. 30
2. Psalm 42 "My soul longs for You"p. 44
The Double Agentp. 46
3. Psalm 29 "Listen! The Lord"p. 54
The Death of Baalp. 55
4. Amos 4:4-5:24 "Let justice roll down like waters"p. 75
A Prophet in Israelp. 79
5. 2 Samuel 1:19-27 "How the mighty have fallen!"p. 98
David's Lamentp. 100
6. Job 28 "There is mine for silver"p. 105
Where Wisdom is Foundp. 107
7. Judges 5 Deborah's Songp. 129
Tough Womenp. 133
8. Psalm 51 David's Confessionp. 147
A Pure Heartp. 149
9. The One-Line Poem (chosen from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes)p. 159
Solomon's Riddlesp. 160
10. Isaiah 11:1-9 "The wolf will dwell with the lamb"p. 181
An Ideal Timep. 183
11. Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd"p. 192
"And Obscure as That Heaven of the Jews"p. 193
12. Jeremiah 12:1-6 "You always win, O Lord"p. 211
Why Do The Wicked Prosper?p. 213
13. Psalm 137 "By the rivers of Babylon"p. 220
The Fall of Jerusalemp. 221
14. Psalm 119 A Psalm of Devotionp. 239
To Know Godp. 251
15. The Song of Songs Selectionsp. 271
Sea of Lovep. 276
16. Micah 7:8-20 "Who is like You?"p. 279
God's Characterp. 280
17. Isaiah 60 "Arise, shine!"p. 288
The Matchp. 292
18. Ecclesiastes 12 "Remember your Creator"p. 305
For Everyone, a Seasonp. 307
Dates of Important Figures and Eventsp. 324
Notes on Translationsp. 326
Brief Bibliographyp. 341
Scriptural Indexp. 346