Sarah Ruden

Sarah Elizabeth Ruden is an American writer[1] of poetry, essays,[2] translations of Classic literature, and popularizations of Biblical philology, religious criticism and interpretation.[3][4][5][3]

Sarah Ruden
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan B.A.
Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, M.A.
Harvard University, Ph.D. (Classical Philology)
Awards1996 Central News Agency Literary Award for book of poems, Other Places

She was a lecturer in Classics at the University of Cape Town. In 2016, she was awarded a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant to complete her translation of The Confessions of Augustine (2017).[6]



  • Other Places. William Waterman Publications. 1995. (Awarded the 1996 Central News Agency Literary Award)[7]


Biblical interpretationEdit

  • Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time. Image. 2011.[15]
  • The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible. Pantheon. 2017.[16]


  1. ^ "respectfulconversation - Sarah Ruden".
  2. ^ "The Mandela Myth". The American Conservative. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  3. ^ a b College, Stonehill. "Sarah Ruden · Stonehill College". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  4. ^ "Sarah Ruden's Rebellion Against Our 'Just the Facts' Bibles". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  5. ^ Swaim, Barton (2017-05-26). "The Babel of Biblical Translation". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  6. ^ "2016 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grantee: Sarah Elizabeth Ruden". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ "African Book Award Database Search Results". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  8. ^ "Confessions by Augustine, translated by Sarah Ruden". Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  9. ^ "Putting Paul in his place: Examining the apostle through the eyes of a classicist". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  10. ^ Learning, Gale, Cengage (2015-09-24). A Study Guide for Virgil's Aeneid. Gale, Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781410335036.
  11. ^ "With Seamus Heaney in Elysium". Harvard Magazine. 2016-06-06. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  12. ^ "How to Read the Bible: Slowly, and Sport with the Words". National Review. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  13. ^ "Spike Lee Is Back in His Element With Chi-Raq, Perhaps the Greatest Antigun Movie Ever". Vulture. 2015-12-04. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  14. ^ "Satyricon". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  15. ^ Lampman, Jane (2010-04-04). "Book reviews: 'Paul Among the People' by Sarah Ruden, 'The Hidden Power of the Gospels' by Alexander J. Shaia". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  16. ^ Frankovich, Nicholas (2017-05-22). "Bible, Hebrew & Greek - Review of Sarah Ruden's Book 'Face of Water'". National Review. Retrieved 2018-07-31.