Illustrated Hebrew Bible: 75 Selected Stories

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Retells seventy-five stories from the Torah, including the creation, Jacob, Joseph and his brothers, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, David and Goliath, Solomon, Jonah and the whale, and Esther

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The Illustrated Hebrew Bible is a massive, elegant edition of 75 powerful stories, parables, and prophesies from the Torah and the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures, adapted by Ellen Frankel. A fresh translation, based on the translation of the Jewish Publication Society, brings familiar stories lurching to life: "In the very beginning, God created a world--the heavens and the earth--out of nothing. But this world was without rhyme or reason. Darkness covered the face of the deep, and the breath of God glided over the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light!'" More than 100 color illustrations add drama and texture to this Bible--from Michelangelo's vision of Adam and Eve expelled from Eden to Marc Chagall's rendering of Jacob's Ladder. This is a book that many families will keep, with reverence, for years. Even young children will be drawn to its vivid language and brilliant pictures. Just make sure they wash their hands before you settle down on the sofa to read together.

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From the stories, poetry, and wisdom of the Bible has arisen much of our contemporary culture. From its teachings, many of us have framed the guideposts of our lives. In "The Illustrated Hebrew Bible," Dr. Ellen Frankel, Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Publication Society, presents 75 stories from the major narratives of the Bible, capturing the rhythm and drama of this ancient Hebrew text.

The stories told here - forty from the "Torah," thirty-five from "Prophets and Writings" - begin with the creation of the world and move through Israel's history, ending with return to the Promised Land from foreign exile. These allegories, parables, and folktales have been retold in a lyrical English that every reader will find accessible.

No other literature has inspired more artistic expression than the Bible. From centuries-old synagogue mosaics to the most contemporary paintings and sculpture, biblical themes have held pride of place in the art of every western nation. "The Illustrated Hebrew Bible," in 240 pages and with more than 130 full-color reproductions, features a stunning range of images - from ancient artifacts and illuminated Hebrew manuscripts to Renaissance paintings and the art of today. Works by renowned artists such as William Blake, Rembrandt, Jack Levine, Marc Chagall, and Harry Lieberman enrich and deepen our understanding of the biblical text. This unique pairing of art and narration will entertain and inspire all who join in celebrating the greatest story every told.

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