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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Each is what I call a countertext, by which I mean a text that deviates from particular dominant biblical concepts and motifs, thereby enriching and deepening the Bible as a whole.3 I begin with the melting eroticism of the Song of ...
The remainder of the Song is essentially an erotic sequence of lyric dialogues between two young lovers who yearn for, recall, invite, and celebrate each other's caresses in language ripe with metaphors that are both explicit and ...
What is this most erotic sequence of poems doing in sacred scripture? The question is an ancient one, and it raises the larger question of what we mean—or might mean—by “sacredness,” by “scripture,” and by “the erotic.
“A poem about erotic love would seem out of place in Holy Scripture,” Chana Bloch remarks in the introduction to her and Ariel Bloch's translation of the Song, “if one's point of reference is the antipathy to sexuality in the New ...