Jesus was a street preacher who taught through story and aphorism. Antedating the Gospels, these 105 sayings were recorded by his followers during and shortly after his lifetime. Through the immediacy of direct quotation, Guy Davenport and Benjamin Urrutia’s bold translation shakes our preconceptions, reintroducing us to the West’s greatest teacher, whose powerful words ring anew.
The Sayings of Jesus
The Logia of Yeshua
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BENJAMIN URRUTIA is a teacher, linguist, and scholar who has published numerous articles about biblical subjects. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, he served for a time in the Israeli army and now resides in Chicago.
GUY DAVENPORT (1927-2005) was born in South Carolina and lived for more than forty years in Lexington, Kentucky, where he died in 2005. The author of more than twenty books, including The Geography of the Imagination, Eclogues, and The Death of Picasso, he was also a distinguished professor at the University of Kentucky and a MacArthur Fellow in 1990.
“Davenport and Urrutia have approached the sayings of Jesus—the logia of Yeshua—with the eyes and ears of poets and linguists who seek to encounter the itinerant street preacher and poet who lies behind the mythic figure . . . Nearly akin to a volume of poetry reconstructed from fragments, and readers should expect to encounter the translators as collaborators of the poet . . . They are sensitive collaborators, and the encounter will prove revealing, especially for readers who believe they know Yeshua well.” —Booklist