This anthology will be eagerly received like manna from heaven by those who find the scriptures very hospitable to creative, intuitive, and imaginative interpretation. Editors Robert Atwan and Laurance Wieder have assembled the works of poets from the 14th century to the present and keyed their poetry thematically to scriptural chapters and verses, thus creating "a poetic commentary on the Scriptures."

In this volume, all the books of the Old Testament are represented except Amos and Obadiah. Poems by Anne Bradstreet, Robert Burns, G. K. Chesterton, and D. H. Lawrence mine the meanings in Ecclesiastes. Poems on the Psalms are very impressive.