The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

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by Harold Bloom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300166834

ISBN-13: 9780300166835

Pub. Date: 09/13/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

The King James Bible stands at "the sublime summit of literature in English," sharing the honor only with Shakespeare, Harold Bloom contends in the opening pages of this illuminating literary tour. Distilling the insights acquired from a significant portion of his career as a brilliant critic and teacher, he offers readers at last the book he has been writing "all

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The King James Bible stands at "the sublime summit of literature in English," sharing the honor only with Shakespeare, Harold Bloom contends in the opening pages of this illuminating literary tour. Distilling the insights acquired from a significant portion of his career as a brilliant critic and teacher, he offers readers at last the book he has been writing "all my long life," a magisterial and intimately perceptive reading of the King James Bible as a literary masterpiece.

Bloom calls it an "inexplicable wonder" that a rather undistinguished group of writers could bring forth such a magnificent work of literature, and he credits William Tyndale as their fountainhead. Reading the King James Bible alongside Tyndale's Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the original Hebrew and Greek texts, Bloom highlights how the translators and editors improved upon—or, in some cases, diminished—the earlier versions. He invites readers to hear the baroque inventiveness in such sublime books as the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, and alerts us to the echoes of the King James Bible in works from the Romantic period to the present day. Throughout, Bloom makes an impassioned and convincing case for reading the King James Bible as literature, free from dogma and with an appreciation of its enduring aesthetic value.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300166835
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION The Bible as Literature....................1
The Five Books of Moses....................27
Four Heroines....................81
David (1 and 2 Samuel to 1 Kings 2)....................97
The Prophets....................111
Psalms 1....................169
Psalms 2....................180
Proverbs....................189
Job....................199
Ecclesiastes....................208
The Song of Songs....................215
The Hidden Books....................225
Esdras....................226
Tobit....................229
The Wisdom of Solomon....................231
Ecclesiasticus: The Wisdom of Ben Sira....................234
The History of Susanna....................240
The Literary Merit of the Greek New Testament....................245
Mark....................248
John....................257
The Writings of Paul....................263
Hebrews....................282
James....................289
Revelation....................293
Acknowledgments....................297
Index....................299

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