For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book
Rutgers University Press, 2007 - 164 páginas
Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2008
Alicia Ostriker named to Moment Magazine's list of Ten Great Jewish Poets, 2011Quoting King Solomon's famous prayer to God at the Temple in Jerusalem, "Behold, the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded," Alicia Suskin Ostriker posits a God who cannot be contained by dogma and doctrine. Troubled by the way the Bible has become identified in our culture with a monolithic authoritarianism, Ostriker focuses instead on the extraordinary variability of Biblical writing.
For the Love of God is a provocative and inspiring re-interpretation of six essential Biblical texts: The Song of Songs, the Book of Ruth, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Jonah, and Job. In prose that is personal and probing, analytically acute and compellingly readable, Ostriker sees these writings as "counter-texts," deviating from convention yet deepening and enriching the Bible, our images of God, and our own potential spiritual lives. Attempting to understand "some of the wildest, strangest, most splendid writing in Western tradition," she shows how the Bible embraces sexuality and skepticism, boundary crossing and challenges to authority, how it illuminates the human psyche and mirrors our own violent times, and how it asks us to make difficult choices in the quest for justice.
For better or worse, our society is wedded to the Bible. But according to Talmud, "There is always another interpretation." Ostriker demonstrates that the Bible, unlike its reputation, offers a plenitude of surprises.
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Preface he present book continues the labor and pleasure of wrestling with the Jewish Bible and Jewish tradition, a task I began in 1985. The story of that beginning is told in The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and ...
My chapter on Job, the biblical text that originally impelled me on this journey, is a fresh attempt to understand what the Hebrew Bible, and Jewish tradition growing out of it, makes of a One God who is responsible for both good and ...
The Bible as an Open Book Alicia Ostriker. to say about the Being we call God, but no two say the same thing. That is a deeply satisfying fact. At any rate, it is satisfying to me as a Jew. For Jewish tradition tells us that “there is ...
The Bible as an Open Book Alicia Ostriker. without Hebrew should feel free to travel like a bee among multiple translations, collecting verbal pollen, just as one might do with translations of Baudelaire or Li Po.
The Bible as an Open Book Alicia Ostriker ... In America in the twenty-first century, as a rule, they know because they “read the Bible. ... If we remember that the Hebrew Bible was composed by 2 For the Love of God.