The Book of the Twelve Prophets

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Nov 25, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 160 pages
This is a glittering new translation of the portion of the Hebrew Bible known as the Book of the Twelve Prophets, or the Twelve "Minor" Prophets. In the Bible, the books of the prophets are arranged in rough order of length. The present group of writings thus appears after the so-called "major" prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel), and includes the much shorter texts of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habbakuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. At the time when all biblical books were written on scrolls, these twelve brief prophetic texts were traditionally written on a single scroll, and so came to be considered a single book. "Minor" with respect to length only, they are from the literary point of view some of the most interesting texts in the Bible--passionate, visionary, and written with genuine literary sophistication. David Slavitt's brilliant modern translation breathes fresh life into these powerful ancient texts.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

The book of the Twelve Prophets

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Also important and worthy is noted poet and translator Slavitt's version of the 12 so-called Minor Prophets. Slavitt's translation has the merits of directness and faithfulness to the text and may be ... Read full review

Contents

Hosea
3
Joel
29
Amos
39
Obadiah
59
Jonah
63
Micah
69
Nahum
79
Habakkuk
87
Zephaniah
95
Haggai
103
Malachi
125
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1999)

David R. Slavitt was born in White Plains, New York in 1935. He received an AB and an MA from Columbia University. After graduating from college and beginning a Ph.D., he worked as a movie critic for Newsweek from the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. During this time, he published his first book of poetry, Suits for the Dead. His first novel, Rochelle, or Virtue Rewarded, was published in 1966. He has written about 100 works of fiction, poetry, and poetry and drama in translation including Alice at 80, The Cock Book, Falling from Silence: Poems, The Latin Odes of Jean Dorat, Milton's Latin Poems, and Three Greenlandic Poets. He also writes under the names David Benjamin, Henry Lazarus, Lynn Meyer, and Henry Sutton. As Henry Sutton, he has written less "literary" works that have sold well such as The Exhibitionist and The Sacrifice: A Novel of the Occult.

Bibliographic information