Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible
Wood, Ralph C., Journal of Church and State
Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible. By Robert Alter. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. 198pp. $19.95.
Robert Alter is one of our most astute readers of both sacred and secular texts. A professor of Comparative Literature and Hebrew at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1967, he has hugely influenced scriptural interpretation with his books The Art of Biblical Narrative (1981) and The Art of Biblical Poetry (1985) as weU as his translations of much of the non-prophetic literature of the Old Testament. His basic thesis is that the Bible should be read primarily as a Uterary construction whose theology Ues as much in its artistry as in its …
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Publication information: Article title: Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible. Contributors: Wood, Ralph C. - Author. Journal title: Journal of Church and State. Volume: 53. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2011. Page number: 141+. © 1999 J.M. Dawson Studies in Church and State. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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