Pulitzer Prize nominee Willis Barnstones great workactually, there should be capitals on both of thoseis last years Restored New Testament, in which the esteemed translator and poet unknots the Biblical text into something closer to both its probable original form and its probable original poetry. He revived the Jewish proper names, included the Gnostic gospels of Tomas, Yehuda and Miryamno surprise based on his previous Gnostic scholarshipand adjusted Jesus words (as well as Revelation and the Letters of Paul) into blank verse, explaining to one writer that he was simply trying to clarify the Bibles origin as oral tradition. Its poetry locked in prose, he told the San Francisco Chronicle. This book is revolutionary in that it seeks to restore.
Mon., March 8, 7 p.m., 2010