The Book of Job’s Philosophical Poetry

Aug. 16 2018

Should the biblical book of Job be read as literature? To Robert Alter, it must be—since its author couched its famous exploration of theodicy in some of the ancient world’s most sublime poetry. The author even has Job speak in more elegant verse than his friends’ and gives God the most eloquent lines of all. Alter, who recently completed a translation of the entire Hebrew Bible, discusses the form and content of Job, and the experience of rendering it into English, with John J. Miller. (Audio, 34 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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More about: Hebrew Bible, Hebrew poetry, Job, Religion & Holidays, Translation

Confronting China Must Be a U.S. Priority

July 22 2019

In recent decades, the Peoples’ Republic of China has experienced rapid and dramatic economic growth; under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, it has used its newfound economic might to pursue an aggressive foreign policy, menacing its neighbors while seeking to expand its influence around the globe. Nikki Haley examines the threat posed by Beijing, and how the U.S. can counter it. (Free registration may be required.)

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