Reading Biblical Narratives

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Based on a series of lectures given in Israel, Amit introduces the reader to the subtle ways of the biblical narrators. Covering issues of character, plot development, catchword association, narration, and dialogue, she brings the biblical text to life, helping the reader enter the stories from new vantage points.


* The Power of Stories

* The Story Researchers and the Reader's Responsibility

* Biblical Stories and Biblical Criticism

* Openings and Endings

* Plot, Structure, and Their Function

* Characterization by Minimal Means

* Whom to Believe?

* The Biblical Stories and "Time's Art"

* The Place, the Story, and the History

* Intrinsic and Acquired Significance

* Afterword: The Story in Its Significance

Author Biography:
Yairah Amit is Professor of Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She is the author of Hidden Polemics in Biblical Narrative (Brill, 2000), The Book of Judges: The Art of Editing (Brill, 1999), and History and Ideology in the Bible: An Introduction to Historiography in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield Academic, 1997).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800632809
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,189,424
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Power of Stories 1
2 Story Scholars and the Role of the Reader 10
3 A Biblical Story alongside Biblical Criticism 22
4 Beginnings and Endings 33
5 Plots, Structures, and Their Functions 46
6 Creating Characters with Minimal Means 69
7 Whom to Believe? 93
8 The Biblical Story and the Use of Time 103
9 Place, Story, and History 115
10 Inherent and Added Significance 126
11 The Story and Its Contexts 138
Afterword 148
Abbreviations 150
Notes 152
Works Cited 169
Index of Biblical References 181
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