The Poems of Jesus Christ

The Poems of Jesus Christ


Translated by Willis Barnstone

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 30mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393083578
  • ISBN 13: 9780393083576
  • Sales rank: 783,505

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Jesus Christ, whose teachings have been on the lips of millions for two millennia, is revealed here as one of the greatest poets of all time. What happened to deafen us to the poetic nature of his words? In migrating from Aramaic speech into written Greek translation, and later into English translation, the lyrics got locked up as prose. In The Poems of Jesus Christ Willis Barnstone unveils the essential poetry of the Gospels by taking the direct speech of Jesus from Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, and lineating and titling Jesus s words as individual poems. Jesus s poems are wisdom lyrics and narrative parables, rich with garden, animal, and nature imagery. Austere and poignant, they carry the totality of the Gospels message through the intensity of a single voice the Gospel of Jesus."

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Willis Barnstone, a distinguished professor emeritus of comparative literature and biblical studies at Indiana University, is the author of The Restored New Testament (978 0 393 06493 3) praised by Margaret Reynolds in The Times: "The scholarship is exemplary, the attention to detail is meticulous, but most of all the feeling here is true."

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When I read such verses aloud, it does not matter to me whether a poem or poetic saying comes from King James, Douay-Rheims, New Revised Standard, New Jerusalem Bible, Revised English Version, or any of the dozens of translations I ve read and loved. But, once again, Prof. Barnstone took our idea to a new level After the second full reading and the third and fourth randomly-done peeks, I continue to recommend this book highly. --Mary Harwell Sayler"