Item description for The Old Testament by Alfred A Knopf Publishing...
Overview Introduction by George Steiner Aimed at general readers One-column format 1,456 pp.
In his introduction to the Everyman's Library edition of the Old Testament in the King James Version, George Steiner reminds us of the literary grandeur, uniqueness, and centrality of the Bible. "What you have in hand is not "a" book. It is "the "book. That, of course, is what 'Bible' means. It is the book which, not only in Western humanity, defines the concept of a text. All our other books, however different in matter or method, relate, be it indirectly, to this book of books... "All other books, be they histories, narrations of the imaginary, codes of law, moral treatises, lyric poems, dramatic dialogues, theological-philosophic meditations, are like sparks, often, to be sure, distant, tossed by an incessant breath from a central fire. In the Western condition, but also in other parts of the planet to which the 'Good Book' has been taken, the Bible largely informs our historical and social identity... "No other book is like it; all other books are inhabited by the murmer of that distant source." Steiner underlines, as well, our great good fortune in being able to read the Bible--which has been translated in whole or in part into more than two thousand languages--in the resplendent language of seventeenth-century England. "This is the instrument of Spenser, of Shakespeare, of Bacon, of Donne and the young Milton. It encompasses the organblasts of the Queen's rhetoric, Sidney's intimacies of desire, the 'lapidary lightness' of Ben Jonson, and the compaction of the early Metaphysical poets. It can command, seduce, enchant, and think aloud as never before or since...There could not have been a moment, a climate of feeling and general discourse, more apt to engender the two foremost constructs in the language: Shakespeare and the King James Version." (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
Citations And Professional Reviews The Old Testament by Alfred A Knopf Publishing has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 97
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1997 page 45
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1997 page 13
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 73
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 73
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Studio: Everyman's Library
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.5" Height: 2.15" Weight: 2.35 lbs.
Release Date Nov 5, 1996
Publisher Everyman's Library
ISBN 0679451021 ISBN13 9780679451020
Availability 0 units.
More About Alfred A Knopf Publishing
Gwyn JonesandThomas Joneswere, respectively, Professor of English at Aberystwyth and Cardiff and Professor of Welsh at Aberystwyth. They are the authors of numerous works of scholarship in Welsh and in English."
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Holy crap Sep 19, 2009
OMFG this book is so freakin' boring. Do you have any idea how long this thing is? I do 'cause I looked it up: it's freakin' 1448 pages long. That's like Chaucer long, dude. I was so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so bored.
It starts off okay because there's like the Adam & Eve stuff and that's an okay story, yo how much would it suck if there was only like one chick in the whole world and she was kindof a bitch? That would suck, man! - and then there's the whole "Let my people go" bit which is cool because in my head that whole part is narrated by Cameron, Ferris Bueller's friend from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," but by the time you get to Leviticus stuff starts getting seriously honestly pretty weird. Did you know that you're not allowed to go anywhere near a woman on the rag because she's an abomination? And that's tough because I ride the subway, right? Who freakin' knows how many chicks might be abominating all over the place up in the subway? And from there things just get terrible. Numbers sucks just as bad as it sounds like it's going to, and don't even get me started on Deuteronomy. No seriously, don't; I quit halfway through Numbers.
You know what's a good book is "The Ruins" by Scott Smith. It sounds dumb because it's about like killer plants but it turns out to be pretty cool. You should read that.