Five Biblical Portraits

Five Biblical Portraits

by Elie Wiesel
     
 

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Elie Wiesel brings Joshua, Saul, Elijah, Jeremiah, and Jonah to literary life through sensitive readings of the scriptures as well as through analysis of Talmudic and Hasidic sources.

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Elie Wiesel brings Joshua, Saul, Elijah, Jeremiah, and Jonah to literary life through sensitive readings of the scriptures as well as through analysis of Talmudic and Hasidic sources.

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“This collection of biographies of prophets—Joshua, Elijah, Saul, Jeremiah, and Jonah—does a masterful job of humanizing these figures. However, in the course of his descriptions, Elie Wiesel does more than inform us about their lives and supposed thoughts. He asks today’s questions in the context of the past. . . . There is no ambiguity or vagueness in Wiesel’s writing. He promises us portraits, and there is not a wasted brushstroke, not a blurred line.” —Christian Century

“Jonah the unlucky, Joshua the lucky, Saul the complex, Jeremiah the tearful—all stride through semi-narrative episodes which the masterful story-teller weaves as a historical vignette of prophetic destiny.” —Commonweal

“Wiesel’s sketches will stir the imagination in ways that will open readers to new depths in ancient texts.” —Religious Studies Review

“Deeply moving and enlightening.” —Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268009625
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
02/28/1990
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
366,317
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

ELIE WIESEL is professor emeritus at Boston University, where he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities since 1976. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal, among many other honors. In 1986, Marion and Elie Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity to advance the cause of world peace by creating a new forum for the discussion of urgent ethical issues confronting humanity. Wiesel is the author of more than forty books, several of which have won international awards.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
September 30, 1928
Place of Birth:
Sighet, Romania
Education:
La Sorbonne

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