Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible

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POETIC MOMENTS

So the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon the man; and, while he slept, He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that spot. And the Lord God fashioned the rib that He had taken from the man into a woman; and He brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This one at last Is bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh. This one shall be called Woman, For from man was she taken.”

Genesis 2:21–23

In the course of time, Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit of the soil; and Abel, for his part, brought the choicest of the firstlings of his flock. The LORD paid heed to Abel and his offering, but to Cain and his offering He paid no heed. Cain was much distressed and his face fell. And the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you distressed, And why is your face fallen? Surely, if you do right, There is uplift.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface - The Story of Biblical Poetry ix
  • Introduction to Biblical Poetry xiii
  • Blessings 2
  • Prayers & Songs of Praise 16
  • Poetic Moments 84
  • Testaments & Pronouncements 96
  • Laments 110
  • Judgment Oracles 164
  • Prophecies of Salvation and Consolation 186
  • Love Songs 226
  • Index of Scriptural Passages Hebrew Bible 255
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