The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages - Andrew Blauner

Introducing this anthology of essays on the Bible, The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik identifies the four main ways of reading The Good Book (Simon & Schuster, $27) as aesthetic, accommodationist, anthropological, and antagonistic. All these commentators follow the first way, though this involves a combination of skepticism, admiration, befuddlement, and consolation. In it for the language, Lydia Davis gives a close reading of the King James Version of Psalm 23, one translator appreciating the decisions of another. Charles McGrath tries to understand his attraction to “the sublime bleakness” of Genesis, and in a wild reading/retelling of the story of Jonah and the whale, Daniel Menaker combines Biblical cadences with postmodern interrogation for a performance worthy of a poetry slam. Most read for the stories, and whether looking for drama, for characters to identify with, or for the sheer intellectual pleasure of texts open to endless interpretations, writers as diverse as Paul Elie, Pico Iyer, Edwidge Danticat, Lois Lowry, and twenty-eight others find it in the Bible, and are moved to tell stories of their own. These range from reverent to funny, from poem to parody, from family memoirs to accounts of social and political activism; all are personal, and, charting the Bible’s impact on their lives, all show how this ancient book is in fact forever new—not “the holy knick-knack” poet Thomas Lynch grew up with, but, as the Reverend Al Sharpton says of the Psalms, something “for real people. Living with real problems.”

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By Andrew Blauner (Editor)
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2015

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