Sacred Texts As Literature
The Divine Library: A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the Sacred Texts and Spiritual Literature of the World
The Divine Library
A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the Sacred Texts and Spiritual Literature of the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813512
Succinctly describes 140 sacred texts, dating from the earliest times to the present, in relation to the cultures that created them
And God Said What?: An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms
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.
How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature--Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, And What It Means for Faith Today
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.
The Book Of J
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: Talmud Tales
A Bride for One Night
Talmud Tales
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 Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism
The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism
Paperback      ISBN: 0802803970
Understanding of biblical poetry is enhanced by the study of its structure. In this book Adele Berlin analyzes parallelism, a major feature of Hebrew poetry, from a linguistic perspective. This new edition of Berlin's study features an additional chapter, "The Range of Biblical Metaphors inSmikhut,"by late Russian linguist Lida Knorina. Berlin calls this addition "innovative and instructive to those who value the linguistic analysis of poetry." It is a fitting coda to Berlin's adept analysis.
King and Messiah as Son of God: Divine, Human, and Angelic Messianic Figures in Biblical and Related Literature
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
The Lankavatara Sutra: An Epitomized Version
The Lankavatara Sutra
An Epitomized Version
Paperback      ISBN: 1939681006
The Lankavatara Sutra, according to tradition, contains the actual words of the Buddha spoken in Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Nothing is known about its author, the time of its composition, or its original form. Scholars have tended to date the original compilation to early in the first century, and the written work to the fourth century of the Common Era. The sutra was foundational in establishing the central tenets of Mahayana Buddhism, and especially Zen. The Lankavatara was virtually unknown in the West until D.T. Suzuki’s Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra was published in 1929. Suzuki’s subsequent translation and publication of The Lankavatara Sutra in 1932 earned him the respect and gratitude of scholars and Buddhists worldwide. Professor Suzuki felt that an editing of the Lankavatara, for the sake of easier reading, would make the sutra more widely accessible. He encouraged the editor Dwight Goddard to take on the challenge, and the publication of the ?epitomised’ version appeared in print also in 1932, under the title, Self-Realization of Noble Wisdom: The Lankavatara Sutra.
Mark As Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel
Mark As Story
An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0800699092

The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an: Complete Translation With Selected Notes
The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an
Complete Translation With Selected Notes
Hardcover      ISBN: 0860373924
The Qur'an is the inimitable and direct Word of God. It was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over twenty-three years, who faithfully transmitted it to humanity in the seventh century. Since then the text and meaning of the Qur'an has been preserved, word for word, exactly as it was fourteen hundred years ago. It is a Book of Guidance for all mankind with a central message of God's Oneness. Yet, it has several layers of meaning and beauty that are easily lost in translation. This splendid translation, originally prepared in 1934, aimed to help readers understand the meaning of the Qur'an but also to appreciate its beauty and catch something of the grandeur of the Arabic. This is a compact and revised edition of Abdullah Yusuf Ali's translation of The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an in modern English. It contains the complete translation of the Qur'anic text and retains essential notes of Yusuf Ali's exhaustive commentary on the Qur'an, which enables the reader to gain a better understanding of its message and helps to reveal some of the inexhaustible depth of knowledge it contains. One of the most widely-used and known translations of the Qur'an into modern English, with 472 notes and an introduction. Abdullah Yusuf Ali (1872–1953) was an Indian Islamic scholar. In 1938, Yusuf Ali's translation of the Qur'an was published in Lahore. His translation of the Qur'an is one of the most widely-known and used in the English-speaking world. He died in 1953 in London, United Kingdom.