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Rediscover the incomparable literary richness and strength of a book that all of us live with an many of us live by. An international team of renowned scholars, assembled by two leading literary critics, offers a book-by-book guide through the Old and New Testaments as well as general essays on the Bible as a whole, providing an enticing reintroduction to a work that has shaped our language and thought for thousands of years.

This literary guide leads the reader toward an understanding and appreciation of a book that has shaped the minds of men and women for two millenia and more. Provides an analysis of the Bible's structures, themes, narrative techniques and poetic forms. 1 line illustration.

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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker

Professor Alter is one of our foremost lay readers and expositors of the poetic and narrative genius of the Bible. He brings to his commentaries a knowledge of Hebrew and of Judaism together with an exceptionally wide literary awareness and authority of judgment. Professor Kermode has long been eminent among teachers and critics of English and European literatures from the Renaissance to Romanticism and the moderns...[The volume] contains much that is enlightening, convincing and finely argued.
— George Steiner

New York Times

Robert Alter, an outstanding biblical scholar, and Frank Kermode, one of the most notable of the literary scholars, have edited a virtual encyclopedia of literary approaches to the Bible. Readers looking for an overview of the literary turn in biblical studies could do no better than read the general introduction to The Literary Guide to the Bible (a fine, compact presentation by the editor of the book's justifications and goals)...The editors' stated purpose is to help individuals 'attune themselves' to the Bible in an age when literate people no longer have a daily intimacy with it on the basis of shared belief...Even though the task set for this book is enormous and enormously important, it is accomplished well, if not quite flawlessly...The publication of The Literary Guide to the Bible, however, marks an important moment in the history of Bible studies...This book invites the general reader, religious or not, to join in that discussion, to experience how new questions are opening up understandings of an old book.
— Elizabeth Struthers Malbon

Chicago Tribune

This volume is a needed contribution to our appreciation of the Bible as a powerful work of literature and will quickly find its place on the shelves of those who respond to its ambitious themes. If this book does nothing else but restore the scriptures to their rightful place in our cultural consciousness, it will justify the honors that, on so many other grounds, it richly deserves.
— Eugene Kennedy

New York Review of Books

Robert Alter and Frank Kermode are literary critics of wide experience and formidable learning, and each has made considerable contributions to what they call the literary study of the Bible...I do not hesitate in awarding them the palm as the best guides we have so far in English.
— Harold Bloom

The Observer

One of the virtues of this book is that it sends one back to the reading of the Bible with clear eyes and critical instincts alert.
— Anthony Burgess

J. Modern Language Quarterly

More than two dozen scholars in the United States (11), Great Britain (7), Israel (4), Canada (2), and continental Europe (2) contributed to this volume, representing a variety of academic disciplines such as English, comparative literature, and religion, under the direction of Robert Alter (Old Testament) and Frank Kermode (New Testament)...Far from being a reactionary return to the old ways of thinking, The Literary Guide to the Bible stands as a radical challenge to the scholarly establishment that has for so long dominated biblical studies...[The book] is...a distinct success in what it seeks to accomplish....Looking back over the experience of reading this remarkable volume of essays, I am inclined to recommend it highly—not so much for beginners, but rather for students acquainted with modern biblical exegesis who need another perspective. For readers frustrated by the disintegrative effect of modern commentaries it is a balm for the soul.
— David C. Fowler

London Review of Books

Frank Kermode and Robert Alter, two critics who have given a new rigour and seriousness to the 'Bible as literature' movement, have brought together a constellation of literary and Biblical specialists, from both sides of the Atlantic, to explain the Bible from a literary standpoint...It is hard to see how the task could be performed better. At its best, the Guide does not merely introduce lines of interpretation unfamiliar to the nonspecialist, it also breaks new ground.
— John Barton

New Yorker - George Steiner
Professor Alter is one of our foremost lay readers and expositors of the poetic and narrative genius of the Bible. He brings to his commentaries a knowledge of Hebrew and of Judaism together with an exceptionally wide literary awareness and authority of judgment. Professor Kermode has long been eminent among teachers and critics of English and European literatures from the Renaissance to Romanticism and the moderns...[The volume] contains much that is enlightening, convincing and finely argued.
New York Times - Elizabeth Struthers Malbon
Robert Alter, an outstanding biblical scholar, and Frank Kermode, one of the most notable of the literary scholars, have edited a virtual encyclopedia of literary approaches to the Bible. Readers looking for an overview of the literary turn in biblical studies could do no better than read the general introduction to The Literary Guide to the Bible (a fine, compact presentation by the editor of the book's justifications and goals)...The editors' stated purpose is to help individuals 'attune themselves' to the Bible in an age when literate people no longer have a daily intimacy with it on the basis of shared belief...Even though the task set for this book is enormous and enormously important, it is accomplished well, if not quite flawlessly...The publication of The Literary Guide to the Bible, however, marks an important moment in the history of Bible studies...This book invites the general reader, religious or not, to join in that discussion, to experience how new questions are opening up understandings of an old book.
Chicago Tribune - Eugene Kennedy
This volume is a needed contribution to our appreciation of the Bible as a powerful work of literature and will quickly find its place on the shelves of those who respond to its ambitious themes. If this book does nothing else but restore the scriptures to their rightful place in our cultural consciousness, it will justify the honors that, on so many other grounds, it richly deserves.
New York Review of Books - Harold Bloom
Robert Alter and Frank Kermode are literary critics of wide experience and formidable learning, and each has made considerable contributions to what they call the literary study of the Bible...I do not hesitate in awarding them the palm as the best guides we have so far in English.
The Observer - Anthony Burgess
One of the virtues of this book is that it sends one back to the reading of the Bible with clear eyes and critical instincts alert.
Modern Language Quarterly - David C. Fowler
More than two dozen scholars in the United States (11), Great Britain (7), Israel (4), Canada (2), and continental Europe (2) contributed to this volume, representing a variety of academic disciplines such as English, comparative literature, and religion, under the direction of Robert Alter (Old Testament) and Frank Kermode (New Testament)...Far from being a reactionary return to the old ways of thinking, The Literary Guide to the Bible stands as a radical challenge to the scholarly establishment that has for so long dominated biblical studies...[The book] is...a distinct success in what it seeks to accomplish....Looking back over the experience of reading this remarkable volume of essays, I am inclined to recommend it highly--not so much for beginners, but rather for students acquainted with modern biblical exegesis who need another perspective. For readers frustrated by the disintegrative effect of modern commentaries it is a balm for the soul.
London Review of Books - John Barton
Frank Kermode and Robert Alter, two critics who have given a new rigour and seriousness to the 'Bible as literature' movement, have brought together a constellation of literary and Biblical specialists, from both sides of the Atlantic, to explain the Bible from a literary standpoint...It is hard to see how the task could be performed better. At its best, the Guide does not merely introduce lines of interpretation unfamiliar to the nonspecialist, it also breaks new ground.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674875302
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/1987
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Alter is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous critical works, the most recent of which is the prize-winning book The Art of Biblical Narrative.

Frank Kermode is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of English Literature, Columbia University, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction
Robert Alter and Frank Kermode

The Old Testament

Introduction
Robert Alter

Genesis
J. P. Fokkelman

Exodus
J. P. Fokkelman

Leviticus
David Damrosch

Numbers
James S. Ackerman

Deuteronomy
Robert Polzin

Joshua and Judges
David M. Gunn

1 and 2 Samuel
Joel Rosenberg

1 and 2 Kings
George Savran

Isaiah
Luis Alonso Schökel

Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Joel Rosenberg

The Twelve Prophets
Herbert Marks

Jonah
James S. Ackerman

Psalms
Robert Alter

Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
James G. Williams

Job
Moshe Greenberg

The Song of Songs
Francis Landy

Ruth
Jack M. Sasson

Lamentations
Francis Landy

Esther
Jack M. Sasson

Daniel
Shemaryahu Talmon

Ezra and Nehemiah
Shemaryahu Talmon

1 and 2 Chronicles
Shemaryahu Talmon

The New Testament

Introduction
Frank Kermode

Matthew
Frank Kermode

Mark
John Drury

Luke
John Drury

John
Frank Kermode

Acts
James M. Robinson

The Pauline Epistles
Michael Goulder

The Epistle to the Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles
Gabriel Josipovici

Revelation
Bernard McGinn

General Essays

The Hebrew Bible and Canaanite Literature
Jonas C. Greenfield

The New Testament and Greco-Roman Writing
Helen Elsom

Fishing for Men on the Edge of the Wilderness
Edmund Leach

The Canon
Frank Kermode

The Characteristics of Ancient Hebrew Poetry
Robert Alter

Midrash and Allegory
Gerald L. Bruns

English Translations of the Bible
Gerald Hammond

Glossary

Index

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    Professors Alter and Kermode present an introduction to the Bible that celebrates literary qualities of scripture and serves as a fine counterpoint to traditional historical-critical study of the Bible. All contributors enriched my reading of texts. The essays have not aged. This is a great work for church and personal libraries. It rounds out what one learns from one volume Bible commentaries and study Bibles.

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