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The Bible and literature : a reader

Author: David Jasper; Stephen Prickett; Andrew Hass
Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, 1999.
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Designed for students of English, giving a collection of the important passages from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, with introductions and commentaries, and selections of texts from literature  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Jasper; Stephen Prickett; Andrew Hass
ISBN: 0631208569 9780631208563 0631208577 9780631208570
OCLC Number: 123274173
Description: xv, 333 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: General Introduction.Introductory Essays:Biblical and Literary Criticism: A History of Interaction: Stephen Prickett.Literary Readings of the Bible: Trends in Modern Criticism: David Jasper.Part I: The Creation (Genesis 1-2): John Milton, Paradise Lost. Book VII. Lines 205-216."The Spacious Firmament on High": Joseph Addison. Biographia Literaria. Chapter XIII: S.T. Coleridge.Choruses from The Rock (VII): T.S. Eliot.D. H. Lawrence, "Let There be Light".The Magician's Nephew: C.S. Lewis.Part II:"In the Beginning was the Word" (John 1:1-18): Justin Martyr, Apology. Divine Sonnets. No. 4: John Donne. Lectures on Revealed Religion. : S. T.Coleridge.Faust, Part 1: Goethe. The Morgan Maggiore: Lord Byron. Collected Poems No. 1651 ("A Word Made Flesh is Seldom"): Emily Dickenson."In the Beginning was the Three-pointed Star": Dylan Thomas. Of Grammatology: Jacques Derrida.Part III: The Fall (Genesis 3:1-3): The City of God. "Adam Lay in Bondage": St. Augustine.Paradise Lost, Book LX. Lines 655-792: John Milton.Earl of Rochester, "The Fall": John Wilmot."The Tree of Knowledge": Abraham Cowley.Free Fall: William Golding.Part IV:The Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19): Pentateuch with Targum Onkelos, Haphtaroth and Rashi's Commentary. The City of God. 14th Century English Passion Play: Augustine.Religio Medici:Sir Thomas Browne.Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Thomas Hardy. Fear and Trembling: Soren Kierkegaard.Letter of 1921: Franx Kafka."England, my England": D.H. Lawrence."The Parable of the Old Man and the Young": Wilfrid Owen. Mimesis: Erich Auerbach. Part V:Jacob and Esau (Genesis 27:15-35): The City of God: Augustine.John Donne, Holy Sonnets: John Donne.No. XI. Francis Quarles, "On Jacob's Purchase". The Christian Year: John Keble. Joseph and his Brothers: Thomas Mann. Midnight's Children: Salman Rushdie.Part VI:Wrestling Jacob (Genesis 32:22-32): Izaak Walton, The Life of John Donne. "Wrestling Jacob": Charles Wesley."Jacob Wrestling with the Angel": Jones Very."Carrion Comfort": Gerald Manley Hopkins."A little east of Jordan", Collected Poems: Emily Dickenson. No. 59."Weeping we hold him fast tonight": Christina Rossetti."The Struggle with the Angel: Roland Barthes. Son of Laughter: Frederick Beuchner.Part VII:David and Bathsheba (II Samuel 11:1-13): George Peele, The Love of King David and Fair Bathsabe. The Prologue to Penitential Psalms: Sir Thomas Wyatt. Absalom and Achitophel: John Dryden. Far From the Madding Crowd: Thomas Hardy. The Scarlet Letter: Nathaniel Hawthorne. God Knows: Joseph Heller. Bathsheba: Torgny Lindgren.Part VIII:"The Still Small Voice" (I Kings 19:8-13): Dante, The Divine Comedy (Purgatory). "Living Flame of Love": St. John of the Cross. The Christian Year: John Keble."Dear Lord and Father of Mankind": John Greenleaf Whittier.The Surrender of a Cockney: G. K. Chesterton."A Successful Summer": David Schbert.Part IX:The Lord is My Shepherd" (Psalm 23): Miles Coverdale, Psalm 23. Psalm 23: Thomas Sternhold. Henry V: William Shakespeare. Psalm 23: George Herbert. Psalm 23: Richard Crashaw.The Pilgrim's Progress: John Bunyan. Psalm 23: Henry Williams Baker. God Knows: Joseph Heller.The Very Model of a Man: Howard Jacobson."Psalms":John Hollander.Part X:"I am a Rose of Sharon" (The Song of Songs): Richard Rolle, The Fire of Love. Canterbury Tales: Geoffrey Chaucer. (Robinson Edition)."Colin Clout Comes Home Againe": Edmund Spenser. The Doctrine and Discipline of Di'vorce, The Reason of Church Government, Paradise Lost: John Milton. "The Garden": Andrew Marvell."In the Glorious Assumption of Our Blessed Lady": Richard Crashaw."The Reflexion": Edward Taylor.The Name of the Rose: Umberto Eco.Part XI:The Nativity (Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 2:1-19): "I sing of a maiden"."Nativitie": John Donne."Anagram": George Herbert. On the Morning of Christ's Nativity: John Milton.Charles Wesley, "Let Earth and Heaven Combine": Charles Wesley."A Christmas Carol": S. T. Coleridge."The Oxen": Thomas Hardy. "Ave Maria Gratia Plena": Oscar Wilde."I saw a stable": Mary Elizabeth Coleridge. "Mary and Gabriel": Rupert Brooke."The Journey of the Magi": T. S. Eliot."The Annunciation": Edward Muir.Part XII:"The Problem of the Parables" (Mark 4:1-20): Frank Kermode, The Genesis of Secrecy. Isaiah 6:9-13. The Gospel of Thomas. The Rabbinic Parable (Midrash Wayyltra Rabbah) [Jerusalem, 1972]. The Canterbury Tales: Geoffrey Chaucer.Sonnet XVII: John Milton. The Pilgrim's Progress: John Bunyan. The Parables of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Christopher Smart."The Sower": William Cowper.From Either/Or: Soren Kierkegaard."A Grammarian's Funeral": Robert Browning. The Mayor of Casterbridge: Thomas Hardy. The Violent Bear it Away: Flannery O'Connor.The Trial: Franz Kafka. Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings: Jorge Luis Borges.Part XIII: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-30): Genesis 24:10-14.The Canterbury Tales: Geoffrey Chaucer.The Faerie Queen: Edmund Spenser. Silex Scintillans: Henry Vaughan.The Parables of Our Lord.:Christopher Smart."I know where Wells grow": Emily Dickenson. Unto This Last: John Ruskin. Man and Superman: George Bernard Shaw. The Last Temptation: Nikos Kazantzakis. Jeshua: Moelwyn Merchant.Part XIV:The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)."The Parson's Tale", from The Canterbury Tales: Geoffrey Chaucer."The Prodigal Son": John Newton.The Excursion -- Lines 275-375: William Wordsworth."A Prodigal Son": Christina Rossetti."The Lake Isle of Innisfree: W. B. Yeats."The Prodigal Son": Robert Bly."The Prodigal": Elizabeth Bishop. The Return of the Prodigal Son: Henri J. M. Nouwen.Part XV:The Crucifixion (Mark 15:33-39): The Dream of the Rood. Stabat Mater Dolorosa. The Wakefield Crucifixion. Holy Sonnets, La Corona: John Donne."Crucifixion to the World by the Cross of Christ": Isaac Watts. Billy Budd, Sailor: Herman Melville. "At a Calvary near the Ancre": Wilfrid Owen. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: James Joyce."Canticle for Good Friday": Geoffrey Hill. God's Gym: Divine Male Bodies of the Bible: Stephen D. Moore.Part XVI:Jesus and Mary in the Garden (John 20:10-18): The Apocryphal New Testament: M. R. James. The Prayers and Meditations: St. Anselm. "Who so list to hount....": Sir Thomas Wyatt."Mary Magdalen's Complaint at Christ's Death": Robert Southwell. Humphry Clinker: Tobais Smollett.D H Lawrence, St. Mawr: D. H. Lawrence. The Wild Girl: Michele Roberts.Part XVII:The Conversion of St Paul (Acts of the Apostles 9:1-19): John Newton, "The Rebel's Surrender to Grace". Confessions of a Justified Sinner: James Hogg. Father and Son: Edmund Grosse.The Wreck of the Deutschland: G. M. Hopkins. The Hound of Heaven: Francis Thompson. Memoirs of the Blind: Jacques Derrida.Part XVIII:Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:1-18): Prudentius Aurelius Clemens, Cathemerinon. "In dulci jubilo". Paradise Lost: John Miltyon. The Pilgrim's Progress: John Bunyan.William Wordsworth, The Prelude: William Wordsworth.Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte"The Last Chantrey": Rudyard Kipling.Wallace Stevens, "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven": Wallace Stevens.W H Auden, "Victor": W. H. Auden.Everything That Rises Must Converge: Flannery O'Connor.General Bibliography.Index.
Responsibility: edited by David Jasper and Stephen Prickett, assisted by Andrew Hass.


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