Throughout the centuries, writers have retranslated the Psalms, trying to keep alive the beauty of its images and the depth of its message, for each generation. Psalm 119 is the greatest of them all: the longest, most complex, and one that rewards a close reading. This Holy Alphabet is a cycle of twenty-two original lyric poems which, like Psalm 119, follows the alphabetic pattern of the twenty-two consonants of the Hebrew alphabet.
The meditations in this book are rich with imagery and each strikes an intricate balance between traditional form and modern expression. These are designed both for personal study and public prayer and will help you to develop a new sense of awe and wonder in the power of God's word.
Margaret B. Ingraham is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award, the 2006 Sam Ragan Prize, and several poetry fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poetry has been widely published in national literary journals and the anthology The Windflower Home Almanac of Poetry, edited by Ted Kooser. This is her first translation project. She lives and works in Alexandria, VA.
Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein is Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in Memphis Tennessee.
Phyllis Tickle is the author of The DIvine Hours series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer, as well as two dozen other books.
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