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.
Resultados 1-5 de 27
Perhaps it suggests that they regarded Israel's survival— dependent in the postexilic era on bodily love, which alone could guarantee posterity—as itself sacred. “A poem about erotic love would seem out of place in Holy Scripture,” ...
I think that when Nelly Sachs begins a poem by saying “perhaps God needs the longing,” and goes on to declare, “O my beloved, perhaps in the sky of our longing worlds have been born of our love,” she may be addressing a human lover, ...
Is the Shulamite at first teasing her lover by speaking of him as “him” and then addressing him directly—perhaps after being kissed? Is she perhaps addressing her friends and then turning to him? Or is she perhaps speaking at first to ...
Perhaps, though, the very absence of polemics makes it most deeply subversive because most deeply defiant of institutional religion's need to impose fixed order, meaning, and definition upon experience, to subdue reality to categories.
Alcanzaste el límite de visualización de este libro.