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The Bible's Greatest Stories


From the awe-inspiring story of the Creation to the defeats and triumphs of the Children of Israel and the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, here are the greatest accounts from the greatest book ever written, presented in an accessible form for contemporary readers. Enhanced with annotations, Paul Roche’s brilliant retelling of these stories is at once impeccably accurate and vibrantly rendered. He brings to life the saga of Joseph and the coat of many colors, the drama of the fall of Jericho, the heroism ...

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From the awe-inspiring story of the Creation to the defeats and triumphs of the Children of Israel and the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, here are the greatest accounts from the greatest book ever written, presented in an accessible form for contemporary readers. Enhanced with annotations, Paul Roche’s brilliant retelling of these stories is at once impeccably accurate and vibrantly rendered. He brings to life the saga of Joseph and the coat of many colors, the drama of the fall of Jericho, the heroism of a young David fighting Goliath and the lust of an older David for Bathsheba, the glory and wisdom of Solomon, the bravery of Judith, the dark despair of Job, the faith of Daniel in the lion’s den, the joy of the Nativity, and the miracle of the Resurrection. These are just a few of the many great biblical stories presented in this masterful translation by a distinguished poet and scholar.

Translated and with an introduction by Paul Roche and a new afterword by Bruce Chilton.

Roche has combined his scholar's knowledge and poet's sensibility to produce a remarkable new rendering of the Bible's greatest tales--casting them into contemporary English while preserving the rhythms, cadences, and verbal balances of the original text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451531926
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 377,570
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Roche, a distinguished English poet and translator, is the author of The Bible’s Greatest Stories. His other translations include Euripides: Ten Plays, Oedipus Plays of Sophocles, and The Orestes Plays of Aeschylus.
Bruce Chilton received his doctoral degree from Cambridge University for his research on early Christianity and Judaism. He wrote the first critical commentary on the Aramaic version of Isaiah (The Isaiah Targum, 1987), as well as studies that analyze Jesus in the context of Judaism (culminating in the bestselling Rabbi Jesus, 2000). He has taught in Europe at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and in the United States at Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament) prior to his current appointment at Bard College as Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion. His recent publications include The Way of Jesus (2010) and Abraham’s Curse (2008).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Translator's Foreword

Part I. In the Beginning (c. 40,000 to 1700 BC): Stories from the Book of Genesis
Introduction The Creation Adam and Eve The Temptation and Fall Cain and Abel Noah and the Flood The Tower of Babel Abraham Sarah and Her Servant Hagar The Lord Promises a Son to Abraham and Sarah Abraham Pleads for Sodom and Gomorrah Lot and His Daughters Escape from Sodom The Sacrifice of Isaac Finding Isaac a Wife Jacob and Esau Jacob's Dream The Meeting of Jacob and Esau The Rape of Dinah The Selling of Joseph Joseph and Potiphar's Wife Joseph and the Royal Head Butler and Head Baker Joseph's Success with Pharaoh's Dreams The First Visit of Joseph's Brothers The Second Trip to Egypt of Joseph's Brothers Joseph Brings the Testing of His Brothers to a Head The Death of Jacob

Part II. The Emergence of Israel (c. 1700 to 1200 BC): Stories from the Books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Introduction The Birth of Moses Moses and the Burning Bush The First Plague: The Waters Turn to Blood The Plagues of the Frogs, the Lice and the Flies The Plagues of the Stricken Cattle, the Boils and the Hail The Plagues of the Locusts and the Darkness The Death of the Firstborn A Path Through the Red Sea Manna from Heaven and Water from a Rock The Young Joshua The Ten Commandments Aaron and the Golden Calf Moses Sends Scouts into Canaan Balaam and His Ass The Death of Moses

Part III. Settlement in the Promised Land (1200 to 1000 BC): Stories from the Books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and Samuel
Introduction Help from a Prostitute The Crossing of the Jordan The Fall of Jericho The Sin of Achan and the Sack of Ai Joshua Is Tricked by the Citizens of Gibeon When the Sun Stood Still The Strength and Wisdom of Deborah The Call of Gideon and the Miracle of the Fleece Gideon and the Three Hundred Following Gideon's Victory Jepthah's Dilemma The Shiboleth Incident Samson and His Disastrous Marriage Further Escapades of Samson Samson's Second Disastrous Marriage The End of Samson Outrage at Gibeah Ruth The Birth of Samuel God Calls Samuel

Part IV. The Davidic Kingdom (c. 1000 to 900 BC): Stories from the Books of Samuel 1 & 2 and 1 Kings
Introduction Samuel Chooses a King Samuel Anoints Saul King Saul Begins to Blunder Saul's Third Blunder Samuel Surreptitiously Anoints David David and Goliath Saul's Growing Paranoia Saul Throws a Second Spear at David The Slaughter of the Priests of Nob David and Abigail The Witch of Endor The Death of Saul and Jonathan David Laments Saul and Jonathan David Dances Naked Before the Ark David's Sin with Bathsheba The Rape of Tamar The Revolt of Absalom The Death of Absalom The Wisdom of Solomon Solomon in All His Glory The Building of the Temple Solomon Visited by the Queen of Sheba Solomon's Sin

Part V. The Divided Kingdom: Israel and Judah (c. 933 to 800 BC): Stories from the Books of 2 Chronicles and 1 & 2 Kings
Introduction Rehoboam and Jeroboam: The First Two Kings of the Divided Monarchy The Coming of Elijah Elijah and the Prophets of Baal The Mantle of Elijah Falls on Elisha Naboth's Vineyard The Curious Death of King Ahab The Strange Departure of Elijah Elisha and the Shunemite Lady Naaman the Leper Jehu Driving Furiously Jehu Consolidates His Position

Part VI. Palestine During the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Greek Domination (c. 842 to 4 BC): Stories from the Apocrypha and the Books of Jonah, Job, Esther, Ezekiel, and Daniel
Introduction Jonah Tobit and Tobias Tobias and the Angel Travel to Rages Tobias and Sarah's Nuptial Night Tobias' Parents at Home Tobias' Homecoming Judith Esther The Story of Susanna Job The Prophet Ezekiel The Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace Belshazzar's Feast Daniel in the Lions' Den Bel and the Dragon The Maccabees

Part VII. Palestine Under the Romans in the Hellenistic Age (c. 4 BC to AD 67): Stories of Jesus and the Apostles from the Four Gospels and Acts
Introduction The Conception of John the Baptist The Annunciation, and the Birth of John the Baptist The Nativity The Circumcision and Presentation in the Temple The Visit of the Magi and the Flight into Egypt The Boy Jesus in the Temple The Coming of John the Baptist The Temptation in the Desert Jesus Introduced by St. John The Marriage Feast at Cana The Cleansing of the Temple The Woman at the Well Jesus Cures the Centurion's Son Jesus at Nazareth and Capernaum The Miraculous Draft of Fishes The Leper, and the Paralytic Let Down Through the Roof Jesus and the Sabbath The Calling of Matthew and the Twelve Apostles The Sermon on the Mount Jesus Raises the Widow's Son at Nain The Woman Taken in Adultery The Anointing of Jesus at Dinner Some Parables The Storm at Sea and the Gadarene Swine Jairus's Daughter, and the Woman Who Was Surreptitiously Healed The Beheading of John the Baptist Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand and Walks on the Water Jesus Moves to the Coast, Makes a Second Visit to the Decapolis, Then Goes North to Caesaria Philippi The Transfiguration Jesus and the Payment of Taxes—He Admonishes Against Ambition, Lack of Compassion, and Greed for Riches Dives and Lazarus The Feast of Tabernacles The Man Born Blind The Good Shepherd and the Good Samaritan Some More Parables and Miracles The Raising of Lazarus The Last Supper The Passion The Resurrection and After The Day of Pentecost The Stoning of Stephen Philip and the Eunuch The Conversion of Saul Peter's Vision at Joppa Peter Escapes from Prison Paul Is Shipwrecked

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