Sacred Texts As Literature
How to Read the Bible
History, Prophecy, Literature--Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, And What It Means for Faith Today
Hardcover ISBN: 0195161491
In this examination of the several genres of the Bible that are typically misunderstood, the author of King David: A Biography argues that to comprehend the Bible, the intentions of the biblical authors themselves must be grasped.
Contemporary Women Reclaim a Sacred Story
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0345380339
Featuring works by Cynthia Ozick, Marge Piercy, Francine Klagsbrun, and Nessa Rapoport, a collection of extraordinary essays by an eclectic group of modern women examines and illuminates the book of the Old Testament most relevant to women.
And God Said What?
An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms
Paperback ISBN: 0809141299
Introduces readers to the importance of understanding the various literary forms that appear in Scripture: myth, legend, debate, fiction, Gospel, parable, allegory, letter, and apocalypse. Original.
The Book Of J
Paperback ISBN: 0802141919
A controversial national best seller upon its initial publication, The Book of J is an audacious work of literary restoration revealing one of the great narratives of all times and unveiling its mysterious author. Scholars agree that the first strand in Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers was written by an author whom they call J, who lived in the tenth century before Christ. In The Book of J, accompanying David Rosenberg's translation, Harold Bloom argues that J was a woman - very likely a woman of the royal house at King Solomon's court - and a writer of the stature of Homer, Shakespeare, and Tolstoy.
A Bride for One Night
Paperback ISBN: 0827612095
[Browse discussion questions](http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/a-bride-for-one-night-talmud-tales) Ruth Calderon has recently electrified the Jewish world with her teachings of talmudic texts. In this volume, her first to appear in English, she offers a fascinating window into some of the liveliest and most colorful stories in the Talmud. Calderon rewrites talmudic tales as richly imagined fictions, drawing us into the lives of such characters as the woman who risks her life for a sister suspected of adultery; a humble schoolteacher who rescues his village from drought; and a wife who dresses as a prostitute to seduce her pious husband in their garden. Breathing new life into an ancient text, A Bride for One Night offers a surprising and provocative read, both for anyone already intimate with the Talmud or for anyone interested in one of the most influential works of Jewish literature.
The Diamond Sutra
The Buddha Also Said...
Paperback ISBN: 1906787565
Written more than 25 centuries ago, the Diamond Sutra is the first text to record the Buddha’s own teachings, and it remains one of the most popular. One day, after the Buddha finishes his daily walk to collect alms, a senior monk steps forth to ask how he can best help humanity. Buddha responds, and thus begins a dialogue regarding the nature of perception. Renowned spiritual teacher Osho offers his unique interpretation of the Buddha's words, writing in an easy, humorous, and conversational style that makes even the most complex ideas understandable.
King and Messiah as Son of God
Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature
Paperback ISBN: 0802807720
This book traces the history of the idea that the king and later the messiah is Son of God, from its origins in ancient Near Eastern royal ideology to its Christian appropriation in the New Testament. Both highly regarded scholars, Adela Yarbro Collins and John J. Collins argue that Jesus was called “the Son of God