Song and Story in Biblical Narrative: The History of a Literary Convention in Ancient Israel

Song and Story in Biblical Narrative: The History of a Literary Convention in Ancient Israel

by Steven Weitzman
     
 

..". a book which asks and answers a new, interesting question, using a rich range of biblical and humanistic methodologies." — Journal of Biblical Literature

This book examines a literary form within the Bible that has slipped through the cracks of modern scholarship: the mixing of song and story in biblical narrative. Journeying from ancient

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..". a book which asks and answers a new, interesting question, using a rich range of biblical and humanistic methodologies." — Journal of Biblical Literature

This book examines a literary form within the Bible that has slipped through the cracks of modern scholarship: the mixing of song and story in biblical narrative. Journeying from ancient Egyptian battle accounts to Aramaic wisdom texts to early retellings of biblical tales in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish-Hellenistic literature, and rabbinic midrash, Steven Weitzman follows the history of this form from its origins as a congeries of different literary behaviors to its emergence as a self-conscious literary convention.

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Early readers of the Bible saw it not only as an authoritative guide for conduct and belief, but also as an artistic model that exemplified the norms of Israelite literary expression. This vision of the Bible inspired early Jewish readers to reshape biblical songs to suit their expectations of sacred scripture. So says Weitzman (religious studies Indiana U.), who chronicles the history of song in biblical narrative from its origin as a congeries of literary behaviors to its emergence as a self-conscious literary convention. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253332363
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN WEITZMAN is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University.

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