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The Bible's Greatest Stories (Signet Classics)


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From the awe-inspiring story of the Creation to the defeats and triumphs of the Children of Israel and the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus, here are the greatest accounts from the greatest book ever written, presented in an accessible form for contemporary readers. Enhanced with annotations, Paul Roche's brilliant retelling of these stories is at once impeccably accurate and vibrantly told. He brings to life the saga of Joseph and the coat of many colors, the drama of the fall of Jericho, the heroism of a young David fighting Goliath and the lust of an older David for Bathsheba, the glory and wisdom of Solomon, the bravery of Judith, the dark despair of Job, the faith of Daniel in the lion’s den, the joy of the Nativity, and the miracle of the Resurrection. These are just a few of the many great biblical stories presented in this masterful translation by a distinguished poet and scholar.


From the awe-inspiring story of the Creation to the defeats and triumphs of Israel to the life, crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the greatest stories from the Bible are gathered and are presented in a masterful, accessible translation by a distinguished poet and scholar.

About the Author

Paul Roche, a distinguished English poet and translator, is the author of The Bible’s Greatest Stories. His other translations include Euripides: Ten Plays (Signet), Oedipus Plays of Sophocles (Meridian) and The Orestes Plays of Aeschylus (Meridian).

Table of Contents



Translator's Foreword

Part I. In the Beginning (c. 40,000 to 1700 BC): Stories from the Book of Genesis


The Creation

Adam and Eve

The Temptation and Fall

Cain and Abel

Noah and the Flood

The Tower of Babel


Sarah and Her Servant Hagar

The Lord Promises a Son to Abraham and Sarah

Abraham Pleads for Sodom and Gomorrah

Lot and His Daughters Escape from Sodom

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Finding Isaac a Wife

Jacob and Esau

Jacob's Dream

The Meeting of Jacob and Esau

The Rape of Dinah

The Selling of Joseph

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

Joseph and the Royal Head Butler and Head Baker

Joseph's Success with Pharaoh's Dreams

The First Visit of Joseph's Brothers

The Second Trip to Egypt of Joseph's Brothers

Joseph Brings the Testing of His Brothers to a Head

The Death of Jacob

Part II. The Emergence of Israel (c. 1700 to 1200 BC): Stories from the Books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy


The Birth of Moses

Moses and the Burning Bush

The First Plague: The Waters Turn to Blood

The Plagues of the Frogs, the Lice and the Flies

The Plagues of the Stricken Cattle, the Boils and the Hail

The Plagues of the Locusts and the Darkness

The Death of the Firstborn

A Path Through the Red Sea

Manna from Heaven and Water from a Rock

The Young Joshua

The Ten Commandments

Aaron and the Golden Calf

Moses Sends Scouts into Canaan

Balaam and His Ass

The Death of Moses

Part III. Settlement in the Promised Land (1200 to 1000 BC): Stories from the Books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and Samuel


Help from a Prostitute

The Crossing of the Jordan

The Fall of Jericho

The Sin of Achan and the Sack of Ai

Joshua Is Tricked by the Citizens of Gibeon

When the Sun Stood Still

The Strength and Wisdom of Deborah

The Call of Gideon and the Miracle of the Fleece

Gideon and the Three Hundred

Following Gideon's Victory

Jepthah's Dilemma

The Shiboleth Incident

Samson and His Disastrous Marriage

Further Escapades of Samson

Samson's Second Disastrous Marriage

The End of Samson

Outrage at Gibeah


The Birth of Samuel

God Calls Samuel

Part IV. The Davidic Kingdom (c. 1000 to 900 BC): Stories from the Books of Samuel 1 and 2 and 1 Kings


Samuel Chooses a King

Samuel Anoints Saul King

Saul Begins to Blunder

Saul's Third Blunder

Samuel Surreptitiously Anoints David

David and Goliath

Saul's Growing Paranoia

Saul Throws a Second Spear at David

The Slaughter of the Priests of Nob

David and Abigail

The Witch of Endor

The Death of Saul and Jonathan

David Laments Saul and Jonathan

David Dances Naked Before the Ark

David's Sin with Bathsheba

The Rape of Tamar

The Revolt of Absalom

The Death of Absalom

The Wisdom of Solomon

Solomon in All His Glory

The Building of the Temple

Solomon Visited by the Queen of Sheba

Solomon's Sin

Part V. The Divided Kingdom: Israel and Judah (c. 933 to 800 BC): Stories from the Books of 2 Chronicles and 1 and 2 Kings


Rehoboam and Jeroboam: The First Two Kings of the Divided Monarchy

The Coming of Elijah

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

The Mantle of Elijah Falls on Elisha

Naboth's Vineyard

The Curious Death of King Ahab

The Strange Departure of Elijah

Elisha and the Shunemite Lady

Naaman the Leper

Jehu Driving Furiously

Jehu Consolidates His Position

Part VI. Palestine During the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Greek Domination (c. 842 to 4 BC): Stories from the Apocrypha and the Books of Jonah, Job, Esther, Ezekiel, and Daniel



Tobit and Tobias

Tobias and the Angel Travel to Rages

Tobias and Sarah's Nuptial Night

Tobias' Parents at Home

Tobias' Homecoming



The Story of Susanna


The Prophet Ezekiel

The Three Young Men in the Fiery Furnace

Belshazzar's Feast

Daniel in the Lions' Den

Bel and the Dragon

The Maccabees

Part VII. Palestine Under the Romans in the Hellenistic Age (c. 4 BC to AD 67): Stories of Jesus and the Apostles from the Four Gospels and Acts


The Conception of John the Baptist

The Annunciation, and the Birth of John the Baptist

The Nativity

The Circumcision and Presentation in the Temple

The Visit of the Magi and the Flight into Egypt

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

The Coming of John the Baptist

The Temptation in the Desert

Jesus Introduced by St. John

The Marriage Feast at Cana

The Cleansing of the Temple

The Woman at the Well

Jesus Cures the Centurion's Son

Jesus at Nazareth and Capernaum

The Miraculous Draft of Fishes

The Leper, and the Paralytic Let Down Through the Roof

Jesus and the Sabbath

The Calling of Matthew and the Twelve Apostles

The Sermon on the Mount

Jesus Raises the Widow's Son at Nain

The Woman Taken in Adultery

The Anointing of Jesus at Dinner

Some Parables

The Storm at Sea and the Gadarene Swine

Jairus's Daughter, and the Woman Who Was Surreptitiously Healed

The Beheading of John the Baptist

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand and Walks on the Water

Jesus Moves to the Coast, Makes a Second Visit to the Decapolis, Then Goes North to Caesaria Philippi

The Transfiguration

Jesus and the Payment of Taxes—He Admonishes Against Ambition, Lack of Compassion, and Greed for Riches

Dives and Lazarus

The Feast of Tabernacles

The Man Born Blind

The Good Shepherd and the Good Samaritan

Some More Parables and Miracles

The Raising of Lazarus

The Last Supper

The Passion

The Resurrection and After

The Day of Pentecost

The Stoning of Stephen

Philip and the Eunuch

The Conversion of Saul

Peter's Vision at Joppa

Peter Escapes from Prison

Paul Is Shipwrecked

Product Details

Roche, Paul
Roche, Paul
Signet Classics
Bible - Stories - General
Religion - Biblical Stories
General Religion
Religion-Bible - Stories - General
Children s Religion-Bible Stories
Edition Description:
B-Mass Market
Signet Classics (Paperback)
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.04x4.22x1.16 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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