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In the Beginning

In the Beginning

Illustrated Stories from the Old Testament

By Frederic Boyer, Illustrated by Serge Bloch, Translated by Cole Swensen


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Featuring a neon and metallic cover, this spectacular volume is a work of literary art. From Genesis to the Book of Daniel, it recounts 35 stories from the Old Testament in a modern and inviting way, combining spirited illustrations with spare, eloquent prose. Acclaimed illustrator Serge Bloch expertly captures the many scenes in these beloved tales, conveying extraordinary breadth of emotion and action in his seemingly simple drawings. Biblical expert Frédéric Boyer and poet and translator Cole Swensen contribute accessible and enlightening text, further illuminating the stories with notes on their history and symbolism. Full of contemporary resonance, here are universal stories of love, anger, betrayal, faith, and courage—revealed in a way that encourages readers of all ages and faiths to engage with them anew.

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Size: 8.6 x 11.8 V in;
Pages: 520 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: October 2017
ISBN: 9781452165936
Frédéric Boyer is a French writer and translator versed in biblical interpretation. He is the publisher of Bayard Editions.

Serge Bloch is a French illustrator and author. His illustrations have appeared in over 300 books and his work is featured in major newspapers and magazines in France and the United States.

Cole Swensen is an American poet, translator, editor, and professor. She teaches at Brown University in Rhode Island.