View Gallery


A Literary Bible

An Original Translation

List Price: $26.95

November 1, 2010 | Paperback |  7 x 9 x 1.8 | ISBN 9781582436197
Order Now From Indiebound

Whether rendering the Bible as wondrous or as strangely familiar, David Rosenberg’s magisterial translation forces us to ask again—and at last in literary terms—why the Bible remains a crucial foundation of our culture.

Until today, translators have presented a homogeneous Bible in uniform style—even as the various books within it were written by different authors, in diverse genres and periods, stretching over many centuries. Now, Rosenberg’s artful translation restores what has been left aside: the essence of imaginative creation in the Bible.

In A Literary Bible, Rosenberg presents for the first time a synthesis of the literary aspects of the Hebrew Bible—restoring a sense of the original authors and providing a literary revelation for the contemporary reader.

Rosenberg himself brings a finely tuned ear to the original text. His penetrating scholarship allows the reader to encounter inspired biblical prose and verse, and to experience each book as if it were written for our time.

DAVID ROSENBERG is a biblical scholar and acclaimed poet. He is the author of several noted books, including two that were chosen as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Rosenberg’s translation of The Book of J, with commentary by Harold Bloom, was a national bestseller. He lives near the Florida Everglades.


“Part of Rosenberg’s task was to produce a style of translation that might fairly represent a rocky magnificence… as if it belonged to a distinct individual… and on his own terms Rosenberg makes it work. Yet he expressly does not want his characters to speak a plain, familiar modern English like, for instance, that of the New English Bible… He is looking for modern readings, free of the muddles introduced into the understanding of these works by academics and religious commentators of all descriptions, and recognizable as living speech. He must somehow be modern as well as faithful to the past, reproducing where necessary the ancient, strange, “uncanny” vigor of J, the primary author… and to bear in mind ‘American poetry’s struggle with natural speech.’ On the whole it succeeds, and Rosenberg emerges with honor from his long wrestling match with an opponent who goes by the name of J.” —New York Times Book Review

“Rosenberg’s new translation is as provocative and personal as ever… deeply poetic.”
Library Journal Starred Review

“A truly fresh reading of seminal scriptural texts.” —Booklist

“David Rosenberg is among the most audacious and compelling of the public intellectuals at work today… A Poet’s Bible and A Literary Bible [are] masterpieces of biblical interpretation for the contemporary reader.” —The Jewish Journal

Related Products