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Overview

In this illuminating study of early biblical interpretation, James Kugel examines a series of exegetical stories that elaborate on the Joseph narrative in Genesis. These stories—which appear in such diverse source as rabbinic midrash, Christian writing, liturgical poetry, and the Qur'an—often contain details or whole incidents not found in the Bible itself. In tracing the development and function of these tales, Kugel reveals a dynamic interpretive process: the living, changing significance of texts through generations of discussion, analysis, and application.

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Originally published by HarperCollins in 1990. This edition carries a new introduction that explicates the author's method for analyzing ancient biblical interpretation. He developed the method in the course of writing the book, which at the outset had a narrower intent--simply to elucidate the origins and development of some interesting traditions about individual biblical verses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674445635
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Kugel is a Professor at Bar-Ilan University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Joseph in the Bible 13
2 The Assembly of Ladies 28
3 Joseph's Beauty 66
4 Joseph's Change of Heart 94
5 Inaccessible Bones 125
6 Why Was Lamech Blind? 159
7 Psalm 137 173
8 Hatred and Revenge 214
9 Nine Theses 247
Glossary of Sources, Terms, and Abbreviations 271
Index 281
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