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The Book of the Twelve Prophets
     

The Book of the Twelve Prophets

by David R. Slavitt (Translator)
 

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This is a glittering new translation of the portion of the Hebrew Bible known as the Book of the Twelve Prophets, or the Twelve "Minor" Prophets. In the Bible, the books of the prophets are arranged in rough order of length. The present group of writings thus appears after the so-called "major" prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel), and includes the much shorter

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This is a glittering new translation of the portion of the Hebrew Bible known as the Book of the Twelve Prophets, or the Twelve "Minor" Prophets. In the Bible, the books of the prophets are arranged in rough order of length. The present group of writings thus appears after the so-called "major" prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel), and includes the much shorter texts of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habbakuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. At the time when all biblical books were written on scrolls, these twelve brief prophetic texts were traditionally written on a single scroll, and so came to be considered a single book. "Minor" with respect to length only, they are from the literary point of view some of the most interesting texts in the Bible -- passionate, visionary, and written with genuine literary sophistication. David Slavitt's brilliant modern translation breathes fresh life into these powerful ancient texts.

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Library Journal
Also important and worthy is noted poet and translator Slavitt's version of the 12 so-called Minor Prophets. Slavitt's translation has the merits of directness and faithfulness to the text and may be a useful adjunct or substitute for the Authorized Version or other translations that may be archaic or colored by extra-literary considerations. For most collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195132144
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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