Mark Minster

Spark of Inspiration: Rosenberg tries to reinscribe the Bible?s original fire.

Bible: New, Improved

Even if you are unfamiliar with the poet David Rosenberg and his curiously slack biblical “translations,” the ideological premises of his new collection, “A Literary Bible,” will be immediately clear. His polemics, after all, are repeated in a preface, an epilogue, an afterword and chapter introductions that precede each of the 18 biblical books Rosenberg has rendered, in full or in part, from Genesis to Ezra. The manifestos in the volume are manifold, and they’re more memorable than the poetry, though neither is recommended.