(The Book of Revelation)
David Trobisch, Trockmorton-Hayes Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Bangor Theological Seminary, and author of The First Edition of the New Testament
Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Art of Biblical Narrative and The Art of Biblical Poetry.
The New Covenant
Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities, Yale University, and Berg Professor of English, New York University, and author of The Book of J and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
Carolyn Kizer, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
6.3 x 9.5in | 576 pages | ISBN 1573221821 | Apr 2002
Published by Riverhead Books (Penguin Putnam).
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IN THIS BOLD NEW TRANSLATION of the Gospels of Mark (Markos), Matthew (Mattai), Luke (Loukas), and John (Yohanan), and the Apocalypse (Revelation), the distinguished translator Willis Barnstone turns to the books that form the bedrock of Christianity and restores them to their Judaic origins. In place of familiar Greek names, New Testament figures, and places, he gives us their probable Hebrew or Aramaic names. He brings out the historical and cultural contexts of the Gospels. And, as in the Hebrew Bible, he lineates poetry as poetry: Jesus' words and John's famous prologue are in verse, and Barnstone's blank-verse translation of Apocalypse reveals the great epic poem of the Christian Bible.
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Using his talents as poet, translator, and scholar, Barnstone reshapes our understanding of these seminal books of the Christian faith, and challenges many of our long-held assumptions about our historical and religious heritage. In an introduction that is itself a fully-developed work of scholarship, he transports us back to the pre-Hellenic world and the Jewish traditions from which the New Covenant emerged, and helps us see how the centuries have given rise to our misreadings of this literary and religious masterpiece, to our own great detriment.
The New Covenant invites us to come to the New Testament afresh, without the preconceptions and misconceptions that have become part of the Western tradition. It allows us not just to comprehend, but also to know the Christian Bible as an extension of the Semetic world from which it arose, and to experience anew the literary power of a work that has been central to our world.
WILLIS BARNSTONE, former O'Conner Professor of Greek at Colgate University, is Distinguished Professor of comparative literature, and founding member of the Institute of Biblical and Literary Studies, at Indiana University. A Guggenheim fellow, a poet, and the author of Poetics of Translation: History, Theory, Practice, he has received many honors over the years including the Emily Dickinson Award of the Poetry Society of America, the W. H. Auden Award of the New York State Arts Council, a PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Special Citation, and the Midland Authors Award. Barnstone divides his time between Bloomington, Indiana, and Oakland, California.
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