For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book

For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book

by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
     
 

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For the Love of God is a provocative and inspiring reinterpretation of six essential Biblical texts. Attempting to understand "some of the wildest, strangest, most splendid writing in Western tradition," Alicia Suskin Ostriker shows how the Bible embraces sexuality and skepticism, boundary crossing and challenges to authority, how it illuminates the… See more details below

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For the Love of God is a provocative and inspiring reinterpretation of six essential Biblical texts. Attempting to understand "some of the wildest, strangest, most splendid writing in Western tradition," Alicia Suskin Ostriker shows how the Bible embraces sexuality and skepticism, boundary crossing and challenges to authority, how it illuminates the human psyche and mirrors our own violent times, and how it asks us to make difficult choices in the quest for justice.

Editorial Reviews

author of Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective - Judith Plaskow

"The perfect antidote to fundamentalist readings of the Bible, For the Love of God artfully conveys the multiple meanings that can be gleaned from biblical texts"
professor of religion, Princeton University - Elaine Pagels

"No one who reads this amazing, brilliantly written book will ever read the Bible the same way again."
editor of The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary - Robert Alter

"Against popular misconceptions of the Bible as a 'book' that is the dependable repository of supposedly biblical values, Alicia Ostriker vividly unfolds the strong and at times startling differences of outlook of different biblical texts. She writes with the sensitivity of a poet, unafraid to argue with Scripture yet keenly responsive to what there is to discover in it."
author of Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism - Howard Schwartz

"In For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book, Alicia Ostriker tears away the encrusted interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and reveals new ones that restore its mythic power and vision."
author of God: A Biography - Jack Miles

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Shofar

"Through prose that is deeply poetic and critically compelling, in For the Love of God Alicia Suskin Ostriker takes quite seriously the Talmudic assertion that 'there is always another interpretation' . . . offering provocative and insightful re-interpretations of six fundamental biblical texts. Much of Ostriker's work speaks to what she interprets as our own contemporary needs, specifically our collective desire for peace, and this book is no exception."
Religion

"Ostriker's work is at once challenging and inspiring, revisionary and reverent. Her insights and commentaries are both inspiring and shocking, insightful and aphoristic. And, although one can either love or hate her interpretations, one cannot miss her sincere desire to see into the truth of the text."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813545035
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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