The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible
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In The Face of Water, acclaimed scholar and translator of Classical literature, Sarah Ruden briliantly and elegantly explains and celebrates the Bible's writings. Singling out the most famous passages, such as the Genesis creation story, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Beatitudes, Ruden reexamines and retranslates from the Hebrew and Greek what has been obscured and misunderstood over time.

Making clear that she is not a Biblical scholar, cleric, theologian, or philosopher, Ruden—a Quaker—speaks plainly in this illuminating and inspiring book, wondrously explicating misunderstood passages and revealing the poetry and musicality behind beloved verses. She writes that while the Bible has always mattered profoundly, it is a book that in modern translations often lacks vitality, and she sets out here to make it less a thing of paper and glue and ink and more a live and loving text. The Face of Water gives us an unprecedented, nuanced understanding of what this extraordinary document was for its earliest readers and what it can still be for us today.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0307908569
ISBN-13: 9780307908568

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Author Bio

SARAH RUDEN was educated at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard, from which she graduated with a Ph.D. in Classical philology. She has translated six books of Classical literature and contributed her Aeschylus’s Oresteia to a collection of tragedy in English. Her translation of Augustine’s Confessions was her first book-length work of sacred literature. She is also the author of a book of poetry, Other Places. Ruden is a visiting scholar at Brown University and lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sarah Ruden’s
THE FACE OF WATER
 
"If you seriously want to know what the Bible says but don't have the time or the courage to master Biblical Hebrew or Koine Greek, then Sarah Ruden is the best guide you are likely to find: friendly, informal, yet with a scholarly grasp of just how unrealizable perfect translation is."
—J. M. Coetzee, author of The Childhood of Jesus
 
"A meaty work that will delight both those who are fascinated by language, and those who care deeply about the Bible and how we read and interpret it."
—C. Christopher Smith, RELEVANT Magazine
 
"Ruden finds hidden meaning in the intricate arrangement of the ancient vocabularies, poetics, and lifestyles, and therein lies the fun. The book is often a master class in translation and Bible studies . . . Entertaining, academic and easygoing."
Kirkus Reviews
 
"Ruden’s work emphasizes the complexity inherent in translation; she lingers on some of the most challenging concepts and explicates the historical and linguistic context for her work, debunking both myths and poor prior interpretations. The book is not only a scholarly analysis, though, but a paean to the rhythm and poetry of the text. Ruden also diverges from standard academic tone, weaving her own personal stories together with her intellectual task; all this makes the reader feel as if they are spending time with a fun—and very smart—friend. This combination of casual ease and serious scholarship allows Ruden to bring fresh insights into even the most familiar stories and will make the book a true pleasure for anyone with an interest in translation or the Bible."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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