Marxist Criticism of the Hebrew Bible: Second Edition

Marxist Criticism of the Hebrew Bible: Second Edition

by Roland Boer


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Marxist Criticism of the Hebrew Bible: Second Edition by Roland Boer

The only large-scale critical introduction to Western Marxism for biblical criticism. Roland Boer introduces the core concepts of major figures in the tradition, specifically Althusser, Gramsci, Deleuze and Guattari, Eagleton, Lefebvre, Lukács, Adorno, Bloch, Negri, Jameson, and Jameson. Throughout, Boer shows how Marxist criticism is relevant to biblical criticism, in terms of approaches to the Bible and in the use of those approaches in the interpretation of specific texts.

In this second edition, Boer has added chapters on Deleuze and Guattari, and Negri. Each chapter has been carefully revised to make the book more useful on courses, while maintaining challenges and insights for postgraduate students and scholars. Theoretical material has been updated and sharpened in light of subsequent research and a revised conclusion considers the economies of the ancient world in relation to biblical societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567228413
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/12/2015
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Roland Boer is Professor of Literature at Renmin University of China, Beijing, and a senior researcher at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Touchstones for Marxist Criticism
1. Louis Althusser: The Difficult Birth of Israel in Genesis
2. Antonio Gramsci: The Emergence of the 'Prince' in Exodus
3. Deleuze and Guattari: Scapegoats and Resistance
4. Terry Eagleton: The Class Struggles of Ruth
5. Henri Lefebvre (and David Harvey): The Production of Space in 1 Samuel
6. Georg Lukács: The Contradictory World of Kings
7. Theodor Adorno: The Logic of Divine Justice in Isaiah
8. Ernst Bloch: Anti-Yahwism in Ezekiel
9. Antonio Negri: Job: Bending Transcendence to Immanence
10. Fredric Jameson: The Contradictions of Form in the Psalms
11. Walter Benjamin: The Impossible Apocalyptic of Daniel
Conclusion: Marxism and the Sacred Economy

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