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Kugel, James L.

Overview
Works: 50 works in 288 publications in 5 languages and 15,853 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Miscellanea  Quotations  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Dedicatee, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: BS1225.2, 222.10609
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Most widely held works by James L Kugel
The Bible as it was by James L Kugel( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and held by 1,562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a companion to the Bible like no other. Leading us chapter by chapter through key biblical stories - from Creation and the Tree of Knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and journey to the Promised Land - James Kugel shows how a group of anonymous ancient interpreters radically transformed the Bible and made it into the book that has come down to us today. Here, for the first time, we can witness the development of the Bible "As It Was" at the start of the common era - the Bible as we know it."--Jacket
How to read the Bible : a guide to Scripture, then and now by James L Kugel( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A reader's companion to the Bible draws on classic interpretations as well as modern scholarship to explain how the Bible may also be a metaphorical reflection of anthropological history
The idea of biblical poetry : parallelism and its history by James L Kugel( Book )

25 editions published between 1981 and 1998 in English and German and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is there poetry in the Bible? Does it have rhyme or meter? How did ancient Hebrew writers compose their works? James L. Kugel's provocative study provides surprising new answers to these age-old questions. Biblical "poetry" is not a concept native to the Bible itself, he proposes, and the idea that the Bible is divided into prose and verse is merely an approximation of the reality of biblical style. Arguing that the Bible presents a continuum of speech heightened in varying degrees by different means, Kugel sets out to describe Hebrew's high style on its own terms. He also offers a thorough history of the idea of biblical poetry, starting with Philo of Alexandria and Josephus in the first century C.E. and charting its development through the Church Fathers, medieval Jewish writers, the Christian Hebraists of the Renaissance, and on into modern times. The story of how each age understood the nature of biblical poetry, Kugel concludes, is a key to understanding the Bible's place in the history of Western thought."--Jacket
Early biblical interpretation by James L Kugel( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Potiphar's house : the interpretive life of biblical texts by James L Kugel( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and Russian and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this illuminating study of early biblical interpretation, James Kugel examines a series of exegetical stories that elaborate on the Joseph narrative in Genesis. These stories - which appear in such diverse sources as rabbinic midrash, early Christian writings, liturgical poetry, and the Quran - often contain details or whole incidents not found in the Bible itself. In tracing the development and function of these tales, Kugel reveals a dynamic interpretive process: the living, changing significance of texts through generations of discussion, analysis, and application
The God of old : inside the lost world of the Bible by James L Kugel( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditions of the Bible : a guide to the Bible as it was at the start of the common era by James L Kugel( Book )

15 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the creation and the tree of knowledge through the Exodus from Egypt and the journey to the promised land; James Kugel shows us how the earliest interpreters of the scriptures radically transformed the Bible
The ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his children by James L Kugel( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The biblical story of Jacob and his children must have troubled ancient readers. By any standard, this was a family with problems. Jacob's oldest son Reuben is said to have slept with his father's concubine Bilhah. The next two sons, Simeon and Levi, tricked the men of a nearby city into undergoing circumcision, and then murdered all of them as revenge for the rape of their sister. Judah, the fourth son, had sexual relations with his own daughter-in-law. Meanwhile, jealous of their younger sibling Joseph, the brothers conspired to kill him; they later relented and merely sold him into slavery. These stories presented a particular challenge for ancient biblical interpreters. After all, Jacob's sons were the founders of the nation of Israel and ought to have been models of virtue. In The Ladder of Jacob, renowned biblical scholar James Kugel retraces the steps of ancient biblical interpreters as they struggled with such problems. Kugel reveals how they often fixed on a little detail in the Bible's wording to "deduce" something not openly stated in the narrative. Thus, Simeon and Levi, they concluded, tricked no one. As for Reuben, he was led astray after having caught sight of Bilhah bathing, while Judah was the unfortunate victim of his own weakness for alcohol. These are among the earliest examples of ancient biblical interpretation (midrash). They are found in retellings of biblical stories that appeared in the closing centuries BCE--in the Book of Jubilees, the Aramaic Levi Document, the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, and other noncanonical works. Through careful analysis of these retellings, Kugel is able to reconstruct how ancient interpreters worked. The Ladder of Jacob is an artful, compelling account of the very beginnings of biblical interpretation
Poetry and prophecy : the beginnings of a literary tradition by James L Kugel( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great poems of the Bible : a reader's companion with new translations by James L Kugel( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Great Poems of the Bible, Harvard scholar James Kugel presents original translations of the most beautiful and important poems of the Scripture. Taken together, these poems represent the very essence of the Hebrew Bible. Reading them one after another is like taking a guided tour through Scripture, meeting firsthand some of its most important teachings and opening the way to an understanding of the Bible as a whole
The techniques of strangeness in symbolist poetry by James L Kugel( Book )

15 editions published between 1971 and 1981 in English and Japanese and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On being a Jew : a brief presentation of Jewish practices and belief ... by James L Kugel( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and Russian and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outside the Bible : ancient Jewish writings related to Scripture( Book )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Hebrew Bible is only part of ancient Israel's writings. Another collection of Jewish works has survived from late- and post-biblical times, a great library that bears witness to the rich spiritual life of Jews in that period. This library consists of the most varied sorts of texts: apocalyptic visions and prophecies, folktales and legends, collections of wise sayings, laws and rules of conduct, commentaries on Scripture, ancient prayers, and much, much more. While specialists have studied individual texts or subsections of this library, Outside the Bible seeks for the first time to bring together all of its major components into a single collection, gathering portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, the biblical apocrypha, and pseudepigrapha, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria and Josephus. The editors have brought together these diverse works in order to highlight what has often been neglected; their common Jewish background. For this reason the commentaries that accompany the texts devote special attention to their references to Hebrew Scripture and to issues of halakhah (Jewish law), their allusions to motifs and themes known from later Rabbinic writings in Talmud and Midrash, their evocation of recent or distant events in Jewish history, and their references to other texts in this collection. The work of more than seventy-one contributing experts in a range of fields, Outside the Bible offers new insights into the development of Judaism and early Christianity. This three-volume set of translations, introductions, and detailed commentaries is a must for scholars, students, and anyone interested in this great body of ancient Jewish writings. The collection includes a general introduction and opening essays, new and revised translations, and detailed introductions, commentaries, and notes that place each text in its historical and cultural context. A timeline, tables, and a general index complete the set."--
Studies in ancient midrash( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The idea of biblical interpretation : essays in honor of James L. Kugel( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Shem in the tents of Japhet : essays on the encounter of Judaism and Hellenism by James L Kugel( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prayers that cite Scripture( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and Multiple languages and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A walk through Jubilees : studies in the Book of Jubilees and the world of its creation by James L Kugel( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A walk through Jubilees: an exegetical commentary -- The sources of Torah in the Book of Jubilees -- The contradictions in the Book of Jubilees -- Divine names and epithets in the Book of Jubilees -- Which is older, Jubilees or the Genesis Apocryphon? -- How old is the Aramaic Levi document -- Exegetical notes on 4q225 "pseudo-Jubilees" -- Jubilees, Philo, and the problem of Genesis -- Index
How to read the Bible : [a guide to Scripture, then and now] by James L Kugel( Recording )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses traditional interpretation of the Old Testament vis-a-vis recent developments in Biblical scholarship
In the valley of the shadow : on the foundations religious belief by James L Kugel( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A deeply moving and powerful meditation on the origins and authenticity of religious belief and what matters most in life
 
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The Bible as it was
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Kaduri, Yaakov

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Kadwriy Yaʿaqob 1945-....

Ḳugel, G'aims

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Kugel J. 1945-

Kugel, James Lewis 1945-

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כדורי, יעקב

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쿠걸, 제임스 L

쿠겔, 제임스 L

キューゲル, ジェイムス・L

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How to read the Bible : a guide to Scripture, then and nowThe idea of biblical poetry : parallelism and its historyEarly biblical interpretationIn Potiphar's house : the interpretive life of biblical textsThe God of old : inside the lost world of the BibleTraditions of the Bible : a guide to the Bible as it was at the start of the common eraThe ladder of Jacob : ancient interpretations of the biblical story of Jacob and his childrenPoetry and prophecy : the beginnings of a literary tradition