Book of J

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Grove Press, 2004 - Religion - 340 pages
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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 time and unveiling its mysterious author. J is the title that scholars ascribe to the nameless writer they believe is responsible for the text, written between 950 and 900 BCE, on which Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers is based. In The Book of J, accompanying David Rosenberg's translation, Harold Bloom persuasively 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. Rosenberg's translations from the Hebrew bring J's stories to life and reveal her towering originality and grasp of humanity. Bloom argues in several essays that "J" was not a religious writer but a fierce ironist. He also offers historical context, a discussion of the theory of how the different texts came together to create the Bible, and translation notes.
 

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User Review  - paulstalder - LibraryThing

I got hold of a copy of The book of J by Rosenberg and Bloom. I am disappointed and it provoked these thoughts: - Bloom accepts the Document Hypothesis as plain truth. He writes a little bit about the ... Read full review

THE BOOK OF J

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A fresh and lively translation, with extensive, provocative, and, likely, inflammatory commentary by Bloom, of the Book of J—the seminal text of the first five books of the Bible; a text, most ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
xi
J and the Court Historian 36
xlviii
Translating J 49
lxi
Eden and After
175
In the Wilderness
262
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

David Rosenberg is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, translation, and essays, two of which have been named "New York Times Notable Books of the Year." A third, "A Poet's Bible", was given the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize in 1992, the first major literary award for a biblical translation. Rosenberg is editor in chief of the Jewish Publication Society. He lives in San Francisco.

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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