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The Resource The face of water : a translator on beauty and meaning in the Bible, Sarah Ruden

The face of water : a translator on beauty and meaning in the Bible, Sarah Ruden

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The face of water : a translator on beauty and meaning in the Bible
Title
The face of water
Title remainder
a translator on beauty and meaning in the Bible
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Ruden
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Language
eng
Summary
In The Face of Water, Sarah Ruden brilliantly and elegantly explains and celebrates the Bible's writings. Singling out the most famous passages, such as the Genesis creation story, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Beatitudes, Ruden reexamines and retranslates from the Hebrew and Greek what has been obscured and misunderstood over time. Making clear that she is not a Biblical scholar, cleric, theologian, or philosopher, Ruden--a Quaker--speaks plainly in this illuminating and inspiring book. She writes that while the Bible has always mattered profoundly, it is a book that in modern translations often lacks vitality, and she sets out here to make it less a thing of paper and glue and ink and more a live and loving text. Ruden writes of the early evolution, literary beauty, and transcendent ideals of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament, exploring how the Jews came to establish the greatest, most enduring book on earth as their regional strategic weakness found a paradoxical moral and spiritual strength through their writings, and how the Christians inherited and adapted this remarkable literary tradition. She writes as well about the crucial purposes of translation, not only for availability of texts but also for accountability in public life and as a reflection of society's current concerns. She shows that it is the original texts that most clearly reveal our cherished values (both religious and secular), unlike the standard English translations of the Bible that mask even the yearning for freedom from slavery. The word "redemption" translated from Hebrew and Greek, meaning mercy for the exploited and oppressed, is more abstract than its original meaning--to buy a person back from captivity or slavery or some other distress. The Face of Water is as much a book about poetry, music, drama, raw humor, and passion as it is about the idealism of the Bible. Ruden's book gives us an unprecedented, nuanced understanding of what this extraordinary document was for its earliest readers and what it can still be for us today. -- Provided by publisher
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Ruden, Sarah
Dewey number
220.5/209
Index
index present
LC call number
BS511.3
LC item number
.R83 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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The face of water : a translator on beauty and meaning in the Bible, Sarah Ruden
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Opening the tome -- Introduction: Okay, the Bible--what about it? -- Part 1. Impossibilities illustrated : the character of the languages and texts. Legos, not rocks : grammar ; Magic words : vocabulary ; You mean the Bible has style? ; Poetry in the Bible : the living word of everything and nothing ; Authorship or rhetoric or voice or something ; Scripture as the big conversation ; Let your mind alone : comedy -- Part 2. Possibilities put forward : mainly, the passages retranslated -- Part 3. An account of the fuller facts : my scholarly resources and methods--as if
Control code
ocn951172147
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxxviii, 232 pages
Isbn
9780307908568
Isbn Type
(hard cover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016014872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o951172147
  • (OCoLC)951172147
Label
The face of water : a translator on beauty and meaning in the Bible, Sarah Ruden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: Opening the tome -- Introduction: Okay, the Bible--what about it? -- Part 1. Impossibilities illustrated : the character of the languages and texts. Legos, not rocks : grammar ; Magic words : vocabulary ; You mean the Bible has style? ; Poetry in the Bible : the living word of everything and nothing ; Authorship or rhetoric or voice or something ; Scripture as the big conversation ; Let your mind alone : comedy -- Part 2. Possibilities put forward : mainly, the passages retranslated -- Part 3. An account of the fuller facts : my scholarly resources and methods--as if
Control code
ocn951172147
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxxviii, 232 pages
Isbn
9780307908568
Isbn Type
(hard cover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016014872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o951172147
  • (OCoLC)951172147

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