Item description for Pocket Canons : Books of the Bible by Editors of Grove Press...
Outline ReviewEach of these 12 Pocket Canons comes with its own stunning black and white cover photo, and each has an introduction by a highly qualified writer. For example, author Charles Johnson introduces Proverbs: "Put simply, Proverbs is that richly detailed, many-splendored map. A timeless wake-up call," writes Johnson, who was raised in a Midwestern African Methodist church but later became a Buddhist. "More importantly ... it is a two-millennium-old blue-print for the staggering challenge of living a truly civilized life." Other writers in the series include Doris Lessing ("Ecclesiastes"), Fay Weldon ("Corinthians"), Kathleen Norris ("Revelation"), Thomas Cahill ("Luke"), and Louis de Bernires ("The Book of Job"). The lilting language of the authorized King James version (translated between 1603 and 1611) is one of the most eloquent English interpretations, written when language was considered high art. Because of the compelling language, the contemporary introductions, and the artsy photography, this collection actually comes off as hip. Yet it never once falters into glitz or superficiality. This is an excellent gift box collection, especially for open-minded scholars. --Gail Hudson
The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the books of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text -- Louis de Bernieres on Job, Charles Johnson on Proverbs, Doris Lessing on Ecclesiastes, David Grossman on Exodus -- make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance. It is a publishing project that has ignited interest around the world and, upon its U.K. publication, The Guardian proclaimed it "brilliantly simple ... the Pocket Canons have excited both the literary and the religious worlds."
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Studio: Grove Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.11" Width: 4.45" Height: 3.54" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Binding Boxed Sets
Release Date Dec 1, 1999
Publisher Grove Press
ISBN 0802136095 ISBN13 9780802136091
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Reviews - What do customers think about Pocket Canons : Books of the Bible?
Outstanding Presentation! Aug 24, 2007
I have always wanted to read the books of the Old and New Testaments but have always been turned off by the presentation and organization of standard versions of the Bible. I could never get into the stories because the writing is always so small, and the stories too broken up by paragraphs.
After many months of looking I finally found this series!
I was astounded by the way the publishers dealt with the presentation and organization of these famous books!
1) Each book comes individually seperate as its own book!
2) The text of each book flows continuously and reads like a novel! (It is divided into chapters, NOT paragraphs!)
3) Each book is the size of your hand! Thin and small enough to take around with you! (The size of the text is perfect, not small at all!)
4) The pictures on the covers of each book do not attract attention to themselves. (You'd never know someone was reading a book from the bible!)
5) It is the famous King James version un-edited!
6) The set of books come in a hard cardboard box. Perfect as a gift!
7) The price is amazing!
(Although this set does not contain every single book from the Old and New Testaments, it includes all the main ones. I believe they will be eventually completing their project with the rest of the minor books.)
Forget about all those big, bulky, hard-to-read Bibles out there and re-read the famous stories all over again as they were meant to be read, continuous and novel-like! Outstanding!
take-it-with-you bible Feb 16, 2000
the notion of breaking the bible back into books (and tiny ones at that) is refereshing. while typographically nothing to marvel at, they are much easier to lug around than moser's beautiful but daunting pennyworth-caxton edition. the introductory notes give the texts spiritual and historical context without spoiling the majesty of what follows.
Commentary Rescues Revelation From Comic Book Treatment Dec 20, 1999
Kathleen Norris's introduction to the Book of Revelation rescues the book for contemporary readers from the comic book style of treatment now popular in so many conventional religious circles. Bravo to Norris, and to all others who are engaged in reclaiming the Bible from fundamentalists. This will make it possible for many new readers of the Bible to continue valuing it when the current prophecy craze loses its allure. firstname.lastname@example.org
caveat emptor Nov 23, 1999
Be aware that the introduction authors for the boxed set are different than the stand alone versions of the books. If you're looking to collect another bit of obscure writing by your favorite author, you may be dissapointed. Also, the boxed set does not contain the Song of Solomon which is offered as a part of the stand alone series.