Paperback - 186 pp
This book is a delight to read. In it Wilder's own significant contributions to
American biblical scholarship are both extended and recapitulated from new vantage points.
He also offers valuable and stimulating reflections on the course of biblical
literary scholarship in this century. Wilder's book is full of penetrating insights
and wise council, aptly and elegantly expressed.
Adela Yarbro Collins
University of Notre Dame
This book is a testament from our culture's senior poet-prophet and
biblical scholar. It offers readers guidance in the labyrinths of meaning that
underly sacred texts. It also testifies to Wilder's devotion to the mythic
imagination, the power of metaphor, and the rhetoric of biblical literature.
Pacific School of Religion
Wilder and his work constitute a standard by which to judge our age, and
this latest book by him represents, in all sense, enduring criticism. His long view
offers a history of twentieth-century biblical and literary studies by a scholar who
definitively marked those studies. His close-ups give us detailed discussions of
texts, genres, and events that have, over the decades, provoked the analytical powers of
one of our era's most gifted minds. Wilder continues in his measured and
compassionare way to confront and assess present-day culture.