The Poems of Jesus Christ

The Poems of Jesus Christ


By (author) Willis Barnstone

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 20mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393347265
  • ISBN 13: 9780393347265
  • Sales rank: 1,117,109

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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. Willis Barnstone explores what happened to deafen us to the poetic nature of his words. In The Poems of Jesus Christ 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 - wisdom lyrics and narrative parables, rich with imagery, austere and poignant - carry the totality of the Gospels' message through the intensity of a single voice.

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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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"Jesus' words resonate convincingly in Barnstone's translations as small, intense poems, which will surprise and engage even readers no longer familiar with or interested in the biblical writings." The Bookseller "Through this unique perspective on the words of Jesus, the author highlights the poetic qualities of the gospels." Catholic Herald