Reading Biblical Narratives

Reading Biblical Narratives

by Yairah Amit
     
 

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.

Contents:

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Overview

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.

Contents:

* 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:
07/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
736,238
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Power of Stories1
2Story Scholars and the Role of the Reader10
3A Biblical Story alongside Biblical Criticism22
4Beginnings and Endings33
5Plots, Structures, and Their Functions46
6Creating Characters with Minimal Means69
7Whom to Believe?93
8The Biblical Story and the Use of Time103
9Place, Story, and History115
10Inherent and Added Significance126
11The Story and Its Contexts138
Afterword148
Abbreviations150
Notes152
Works Cited169
Index of Biblical References181

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