A controversial national bestseller upon its initial publication, "The Book of J" is an audacious work of literary restoration revealing one of the great narratives of all time and unveiling its mysterious author.A controversial national bestseller upon its initial publication, "The Book of J" is an audacious work of literary restoration revealing one of the great narratives of all time and unveiling its mysterious author.Read Less
Very Good in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 340 pp.; 25 cm. Bible. O.T. Pentateuch. Translated from the Hebrew. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. Stated "First Edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Very Good in Very Good jacket 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Translation and interpretation of a lost masterpiece by J, the author of the oldest and most powerful stories in the Bible. The authors have made the text into a highly readable document and their arguments are thought-provoking and enlightening. 339 pp.
Fine in Fine jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7Â¾"-9Â¾" tall; Beautiful condition book and jacket. A book of biblical studies. Bloom is a prominent literary critic and a MacArthur Prize Fellow. Full refund if not satisfied.
Signed by Author. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 340 pages. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Landmark new translation of the original narrative underpinnin g the Holy Bible, with accompanying book-length commentary. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents the poet David Rosenberg's new translation of "The Book of J", the oldest of the texts that make up the Pentateuch, the first five books of both the Hebrew Bible and its Christian version, The Old Testament. The translation is fresh, vital, and modern by paradoxically being more faithful to the original and thereby reinforcing Harold Bloom's central assertion that "The Book of J" is a work of unsurpassable literary greatness. Although he now regrets making it, one of the most provocative theses in Bloom's commentary is that J was a woman, making her the first great storyteller (as well as one of the greatest storytellers ever, second only to Shakespeare, in Bloom's estimation) in the Western tradition. After all, J's greatest creation is God Himself, whom she characterizes as a raving lunatic, with a cruel, vindictive, and even murderous streak, scandalously at odds with the solemn and un-ironic God of normative Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the product of censoring, mis-reading, and mutilating palimpsest-revisions by unimaginative successor/re-writers of J's highly original creation. Bloom uses the words "irony" and "ironic" innumerable times to describe J's literary style because for Bloom, literature is irony and the essence of character is ironic. You do not have to be a believer to read and enjoy "The Book of J" and Bloom's stupendous commentary. On the contrary, being a believer, that is, reading the text as theology, will probably hinder the only way "The Book of J" should be read, that is, as the greatest literary text ever written by Woman. J is "a single, magnificent mind, holding reality together in the grand, single image of Yahweh, whom we may call J's awakened imagination" (Harold Bloom). An absolute "must-have" title for David Rosenberg and Harold Bloom collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "In friendship, Harold Bloom". The recipient is named, and is unmistakably someone Harold Bloom knew personally. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. All other copies available online have major flaws or are subsequent printings. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. Two of the greatest living writers on one of the greatest literary artists of all time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BLOOM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0802110509.
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