In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief

In the Valley of the Shadow: On the Foundations of Religious Belief

by James L. Kugel, George K. Wilson
     
 

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From the celebrated author of How to Read the Bible comes a deeply moving and powerful meditation on the origins and authenticity of religious belief and what matters most in our lives.  See more details below

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From the celebrated author of How to Read the Bible comes a deeply moving and powerful meditation on the origins and authenticity of religious belief and what matters most in our lives.

Editorial Reviews

Judith Shulevitz
Kugel has the great critic's knack for making difficult poetry seem much easier than it is, and he could have written a perfectly lovely book using illness to explain literature and vice versa. Indeed, he has done that, but that's only part of what he has done…Where Kugel is really brilliant…is in teasing out of his own brush with death, as well as out of religious texts and artifacts, an account of what intimations of God feel like.
—The New York Times
From the Publisher
"Propounds a stark and challenging thesis, namely that contemporary Bible readers are confronted with two radically different ways of approaching Scripture and that both approaches are impressive and admirable—and fundamentally incompatible. Professor Kugel is a rare master of both approaches.... The journey is fascinating." —The New York Times
The New York TimesBook Review
Praise for In the Valley of the Shadow:

"Kugel has the great critic's knack for making difficult poetry seem much easier than it is...When he talks openly about his new, chagrined grasp of his all-too-human condition, he adds something raw and beautiful to his exegetical prowess."

Winnipeg Free Press
"[Kugel] is a powerful academic mind...a captivating miscellany of sweetness, hope, information, scholarship, sobriety, uncertainty and humour...His elegant prose, his extreme literary competence, and his tone — not at all maudlin — together make watching him tenaciously pursuing the fleeting a welcome pleasure."
The Seattle Times
"Rich with original, exciting ideas...[In the Valley of the Shadow] is about a man's sense of wonder as he ponders being a self-contained being in a vast universe."
America Magazine
"Kugel has always worn his great erudition not just lightly but alluringly, anda memoir/polemic frees him as never before."
The New York Times Book Review
Praise for In the Valley of the Shadow:

"Kugel has the great critic's knack for making difficult poetry seem much easier than it is...When he talks openly about his new, chagrined grasp of his all-too-human condition, he adds something raw and beautiful to his exegetical prowess."

Library Journal
Kugel is the author of one of the most admired recent studies of the Bible for an academic and general readership, How To Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now, as well as other excellent works. Here, he simultaneously tells the story of his bout with cancer and confronts the modern experience of illness and death; he concludes that our inflated sense of self and our reluctance to see signs and symbols around us does not spare us the dread of death itself. VERDICT Written with eloquence suitable to a scholar of Biblical poetry, Kugel's memoir-cum-meditation will appeal to thoughtful Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452630489
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
02/23/2011
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"Propounds a stark and challenging thesis, namely that contemporary Bible readers are confronted with two radically different ways of approaching Scripture and that both approaches are impressive and admirable—-and fundamentally incompatible. Professor Kugel is a rare master of both approaches.... The journey is fascinating." —-The New York Times

Meet the Author

George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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