“A great book . . . Rosenberg has produced a superb piece of translation . . . Bloom wrestles with the Angel of Literature, and walks away with the Blessing.” Village Voice Literary Supplement
The Book of J
978-0-8021-4191-0 • $15.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2005
“Brilliant . . . [a] book of surpassing originality and critical penetration . . . extraordinary.” The New York Times
A controversial national best seller upon its initial publication, The Book of J is an audacious work of literary restoration revealing one of the great narratives of all time and unveiling its mysterious author.
Scholars agree that the first strand in Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers was written by an author whom they call J, who lived in the tenth century before Christ. In The Book of J, accompanying David Rosenberg’s translation, Harold Bloom persuasively argues that J was a womanvery likely a woman of the royal house at King Solomon’s courtand a writer of the stature of Homer, Shakespeare, and Tolstoy.