Revelations: Personal Responses to the Books of the Bible
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Revelations: Personal Responses to the Books of the Bible

by Richard Holloway, E. L. Doctorow, Dalai Lama, Charles Frazier, Bono
     
 

In 1998 the reaction to the Pocket Canons—individual books of the Bible published as a series with iconoclastic introductions—came in Biblical proportions.  The simplicity of the idea, the quality of the introductions, and the appeal of the format and design drew major media attention and the series went on to become an enormous international

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In 1998 the reaction to the Pocket Canons—individual books of the Bible published as a series with iconoclastic introductions—came in Biblical proportions.  The simplicity of the idea, the quality of the introductions, and the appeal of the format and design drew major media attention and the series went on to become an enormous international success.  Now, for the first time, those considered, personal, and sometimes controversial introductions have been collected in a thought-provoking anthology. Featuring a wonderfully diverse group of writers and personages from Charles Frazier and E.L. Doctorow to The Dalia Lama, U2’s Bono, and Karen Armstrong, Revelations is a unique and moving way of examining, teaching, and reflecting on the books of the Bible.

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Kirkus Reviews
Wide-ranging introductions to books of the Bible. This book collects for the first time introductions written by 33 authors-E.L. Doctorow, Charles Frazier, Nick Cave and the Dalai Lama among them-for the late-'90s book series Pocket Canons. The non-religious; lapsed members of a faith tradition; and those on the margins of a tradition comprise the majority of contributors. They seem to have been chosen, as editor Holloway states in his introduction, to demolish a "blinkered and partisan view of the Bible." Approaches vary widely: There are heartfelt reflections, academic regurgitations, political statements. Unfortunately, despite the title, there are only limited revelations. A few writers do offer meaningful and personal reflections on their assigned text, Bono (on The Book of Psalms) and Darcey Steinke (on The Gospel According to John) included. But the authors for the most part spend a great deal of energy on well-studied academic discussion, leaving limited room for personal musings. In too many cases (especially regarding Old Testament books), they react to their subjects first and foremost through the lens of historical criticism: Once a text's legitimacy as truth has been sufficiently questioned, the material is approached as myth or poetry. Bohemian exegesis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841957371
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
03/10/2007
Pages:
403
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.50(d)

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