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For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book
Ostriker, Alicia Suskin

New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2007 pp. xiv + 164. $22.95


Description: For the Love of God is a provocative and inspiring re-interpretation of six essential Biblical texts: The Song of Songs, the Book of Ruth, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Jonah, and Job. In prose that is personal and probing, analytically acute and compellingly readable, Ostriker sees these writings as “counter-texts,” deviating from convention yet deepening and enriching the Bible, our images of God, and our own potential spiritual lives. Attempting to understand “some of the wildest, strangest, most splendid writing in Western tradition,” she shows how the Bible embraces sexuality and skepticism, boundary crossing and challenges to authority, how it illuminates the human psyche and mirrors our own violent times, and how it asks us to make difficult choices in the quest for justice.

Subjects: Bible, Literature

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Review by Barbara Green
Published 7/7/2012
Citation: Barbara Green, review of Alicia Suskin Ostriker, For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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