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Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible


Jewish Publication Society 2006

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In the concluding lines of the Song of Songs, one lover beckons the other to hurry to the "hills of spices," a place rich in fragrances and flavors, a feast for the senses. This lovely new collection invites us all to feast our senses on poetry from the Song of Songs and from many other passages of the Bible.

Some of these, like The Song of the Sea and David's Lament, are well-known classics; others, such as surprising poetic moments in Isaiah and Ezekiel, will, for many, be delightful new discoveries. Verses from the pages of Genesis, Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Proverbs, Psalms, and many other biblical books are here, with the JPS English translation sitting across the page from the original biblical Hebrew. The poems are organized thematically—Blessings and Curses, Laments, Love Songs, Prayers and Songs of Praise, among others—making it easy to find the right verse to fit the mood or need. There is an appendix listing the poems by biblical book, chapter, and verse.

Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible provides a solid foundation for understanding Jewish poetry. All Scripture references are linked to the Bibles and translations in your library, providing immediate context for the text.

Key Features

  • Contains biblical poetry in its various forms
  • Includes poems from the Torah (teachings), Nevi'im (prophets), and Ketuvim (writings)
  • Provides a comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Poetry
  • Divided into sections by poetic genre


  • Blessings
  • Prayers and Songs of Praise
  • Poetic Moments
  • Testament and Pronouncements
  • Laments
  • Judgment Oracles
  • Prophecies of Salvation and Consolation
  • Wisdom Writings
  • Love Songs

Praise for the Print Edition

Hills of Spices singularly conveys biblical poetry's beauty, which not only engages the mind and heart but also touches the soul or spirit . . . [a] grand collection.

Jewish Book World

Product Details

  • Title: Hills of Spices: Poetry from the Bible
  • Editor: Rena Potok
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: xxxiii, 256

About Rena Potok

Rena Potok holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and an MA in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches English literature and writing at Saint Joseph's University.

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