Landscape in the Hebrew Bible (The Book of Ruth and the Love of the Land)


  • Alicia Ostriker Rutgers University


In the Introduction to his and Frank Kermode's collection Literary Guide to the Bible, the critic Robert Alter describes the Hebrew Bible as a work of "extreme heterogeneity," and speculates that the selection of the canon "was at least sometimes impelled by a desire to preserve the best of ancient Hebrew literature rather than to gather the consistent normative statements of a monotheistic party line ... In fact, the texts that have been passed down to us exhibit not only extraordinary diversity but also a substantial amount of debate with one another."

Author Biography

Alicia Ostriker, Rutgers University

Rutgers University