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The Poems of Jesus Christby Willis Barnstone
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Jesus Christ, whose teachings have been on the lips of millions for two millennia, is revealed here as one of the greatest poets of all time. What happened to deafen us to the poetic nature of his words? In migrating from Aramaic speech into written Greek translation, and later into English translation, the lyrics got locked up as prose. In Willis Barnstone unveils the essential poetry of the Gospels by taking the direct speech of Jesus from Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, and lineating and titling Jesus's words as individual poems. Jesus's poems are wisdom lyrics and narrative parables, rich with garden, animal, and nature imagery. Austere and poignant, they carry the totality of the Gospels' message through the intensity of a single voice--the Gospel of Jesus.
The words of Jesus Christ are restored to their original poetic form in this extraordinary volume.
About the Author
Willis Barnstone is a poet, translator, and religious scholar. The author of The Gnostic Bible and The Other Bible and the former O'Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, he is at the Institute for Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University.
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