JAMES L. KUGEL is the Starr Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Literature at Harvard University. His many books include The Bible As It Was, winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and How to Read the Bible, which was awarded the National Jewish Book Award for the best book of 2007.
"Lively, inviting account . . . the author is at home in every era from that of the ancient texts to our own, and he makes for an excellent guide. Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Provocative . . . likely to interest both believers and
nonbelievers with some familiarity with the Old Testament."