With All Thine Heart by Professor Ilan Stavans
Love and the Bible

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Is the Bible actually a love story between a deity and a people? And what does this love story have to do with the modern world? In With All Thine Heart distinguished cultural critic Ilan Stavans speaks to freelance writer Mordecai Drache about love in the Bible.

Presented in an engaging, conversational format and touched with striking artwork, the textured dialogue between Stavans and Drache is meant to show how the Bible is a multidimensional text and one that, when considered over the course of history, still has the power to shape our world. The theme of love provides the connective tissue that binds this work.

Addressing a wide range of topics, from biblical archaeology and fundamentalism to Hollywood movies, lexicography, and the act of praying, With All Thine Heart suggests that the Hebrew Bible is a novel worth decoding patiently, such as one does with classics like Don Quixote de la Mancha, In Search of Lost Time, and Anna Karenina.  Similar to the protagonists in these tales, biblical characters, although not shaped with the artistic nuance of modern literature, allow for astonishing insight. This exploration of love through the pages of the Bible—organized chronologically from Genesis to Exodus and followed by insightful meditations on the Song of Songs and the Book of Job—is a  delightful intellectual and spiritual treat . . . Shema Ysrael!
 

About Professor Ilan Stavans

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Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is an award-winning author and editor of many books, including Love and Language, Resurrecting Hebrew, Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Early Years, and The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories.Mordecai Drache is a freelance writer, poet, and contributing editor to Leek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture.
 
Published September 1, 2010 by Rutgers University Press. 200 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Cultural critic Stavans (Love and Language), a Mexican-born Jew who teaches Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College, conducts his newest conversation on paper with writer Drache.

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