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    DescriptionIs the Bible one book or a collection of writings? If it is a book, does it stand as a coherent piece of literature? In this beautifully written book Gabriel Josipovici answers these questions, drawing on his deep knowledge and appreciation of medieval and modern art and literature and on his personal understanding of the possibilities of narrative. His close textual analysis of the Bible not only lifts literary-biblical criticism to a new level but also makes the Bible accessible to our secular age. 'As 'A Resonse to the Bible', 'The Book of God' is fresh and energetic, scattering insights in all directions, making original and unexpected connections between the Bible and such modern authors as Proust, casting new light upon such questions as the Bible's place in Western culture and the nature of its authority, the unity and discontinuities of the text, and the need for a perspective that at once transcends and unites historical-theological and aesthetic interpretation.' Northrop Frye 'His book is easy, intimate, and direct, partly because he has digested all his learning, partly because his dissatisfaction with his predecessors' solutions never belittles them, and partly because his own readings are those of a cultivated contemporary who, though respectful, is not awestruck. Whatever he turns to, he illuminates.' The New Yorker 'Josipovici's insights ...deserve and need to be pondered by both literary critics and Biblical scholars.' John Barton, London Review of Books 'His urbane style, shrewd discernment, subtle humour, and, above all, his passion for words lead us to listen in fresh ways.' Walter Brueggemann, Theology Today 'This is a book to be grateful for: thoughtful, deeply felt, and beautifully written.' David Lodge, Independent Gabriel Josipovici is a novelist, literary theorist, critic and scholar. He was Professor of English at the University of Sussex, and Weidenfeld Professor of Comparative Literature at Oxford, and is now research professor in the Graduate School of Humanities, Sussex.


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    Title
    The Book of God
    Subtitle
    A Response to the Bible
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gabriel Josipovici
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 644 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300048650
    ISBN 10: 0300048653
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    BISAC V2.8: REL006080
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    LC classification: BL
    Ingram Subject Code: RF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Libri: I-RF
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBIBGEN
    B&T Approval Code: A13502500
    DC21: 220.66
    ECPA Christian Book Category: BSTBIBEXE
    DC22: 220.66
    BISAC V2.8: REL006000
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVC
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    24 October 1990
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Review text
    Josipovici is a novelist (Contre-Jour, 1986), critic, and professor of English at the Univ. of Sussex, but he approaches his formidable subject in the best spirit of a true amateur. With a freshness that comes only of interest, he here investigates the nature of the Bible and how we might go about reading it. What is the difference between the Bible and any other book? Is it a coherent whole, or a "ragbag" of stories, poems, and religious instruction? Josipovici credits Martin Buber with giving him "a glimpse of how it might be possible to illuminate the Bible by looking at what it said rather than what lay behind it." He stays close to the text, then, illuminating his meditations with comparisons to Kafka, T.S. Eliot, and Thomas Mann - and with observations from other literary/biblical critics, including Frank Kermode and Northrop Frye, and from theologians as well. Always keeping the Bible as a whole in view, he examines the fundamental elements of rhythm, speech, and character throughout both the Old and New Testaments. A subtle and complex work, scrupulously wary of reductionism. Josipovici's reading reminds us that the Bible can perhaps never be finally explained and that a true reading such as his enforces an encounter with oneself as well as with the Bible. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    Is the Bible one book or a collection of writings? If it is a book, what kind of book is it and does it stand as a coherent piece of literature? Building on the recently renewed interest in biblical narrative associated with Erich Auerbach, Northrop Frye, and Robert Alter, Gabriel Josipovici here sets out to answer these and other equally fascinating questions. His beautifully written book constitutes a rethinking of the nature of the Bible and our relation to it.