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The Bible and Literature: A Reader

The Bible and Literature: A Reader

David Jasper (Editor), Stephen Prickett (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-20857-0

Nov 2007, Wiley-Blackwell

352 pages

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There is no book more important for our culture than the Bible, and it is fundamental to the study of English literature and language.

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General Introduction.

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.


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 Brontë.

"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.

Name Index.

"The three introductory essays they provide are approachable, authoritative and full of meat. The selections from scripture are annotated freshly and stirringly; the commentaries which introduce the literary extracts are models of compression, expanding at a later stage in the mind of the reader, as good teaching should" Julian Thompson, Tutor in English, RPC Oxford <!--end-->

"Each biblical passage is carefully introduced, and there is a bibliography for each section. An excellent book!" International Review of Biblical Studies

"A welcome addition to our resources at a time when there is an increasing emphasis on literary reading and narrative theology." Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

* Provides an accessible introduction to the study of the bible's importance for Western literature.
* Offers students the opportunity to study the intertextual relations between literature and the bible.
* Contains a section of additional suggested reading and a full bibliography.