Strong as Death is Love Hardback

The Song of Songs, Ruth, Esther, Jonah, and Daniel, A Translation with Commentary

by Robert Alter;

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Strong as Death is Love

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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."

Strong as Death is Love by Robert Alter was published by WW Norton & Co in March 2015. The ISBN for Strong as Death is Love is 9780393243048.

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Details for Strong as Death is Love

Page last updated 17th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherWW Norton & Co (March 2015)
Number of Pages256
Thickness22 mm
Height244 mm
Width165 mm
Product Code4307625
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