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Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible

Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible

by Yairah Amit (Editor)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800632809
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 07/20/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents


The Power of Stories

Story Scholars and the Role of the Reader

A Biblical Story alongside Biblical Criticism

Beginnings and Endings

Plot, Structure, and Their Function

Creating Characters with Minimal Means

Whom to Believe?

The Biblical Story and The Use of Time

Place, Story, History

Inherent and Added Significance

The Story and Its Contexts




Works Cited

Index of Biblical References

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