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Author Alter, Robert, author.

Title Strong as death is love : the Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel : a translation with commentary / Robert Alter.

Publication Info. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  225.5209 ALTER    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 234 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary "An award-winning translation brings new immediacy to these beloved books of the Bible. Read them for the first time, again. These five late biblical books offer readers a range of pleasures not usually associated with the Bible. They are artful, entertaining literary works-innovative, even startling. Women often stand center stage. Song of Songs is a celebration of young love, frankly sensuous, with no reference to God or covenant. It offers some of the most beautiful love poems of the ancient world. The story of Queen Esther's shrewd triumph is a secular entertainment that mixes farce with sly sexual comedy. The character of Ruth embodies the virtues of loyalty, love, and charity in a harmonious world. Enigma replaces harmony in Daniel, whose feverish night dreams envision the end of time. And the traditions of prophecy are recast in the tale of a fish that, on God's command, swallows Jonah and imprisons him in its dark wet innards for three days. Alter's translation restores the original power of these popular books"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Love -- Biblical teaching.
Bible. Song of Solomon -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Ruth -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Esther -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Jonah -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Daniel -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Daniel. (OCoLC)fst01892893
Bible. Esther. (OCoLC)fst01892901
Bible. Jonah. (OCoLC)fst01892918
Bible. Ruth. (OCoLC)fst01892945
Bible. Song of Solomon. (OCoLC)fst01892948
Love -- Biblical teaching. (OCoLC)fst01002771
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Title Bible. Song of Solomon. English.
Bible. Ruth. English.
Bible. Esther. English.
Bible. Jonah. English.
Bible. Daniel. English.
ISBN 9780393243048 (hardcover)
0393243044 (hardcover)
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