Yahweh's Elegant Speeches of the Abrahamic Narratives: A Study of the Stylistics, Characterizations, and Functions of the Divine Speeches in Abrahamic Narratives

Yahweh's Elegant Speeches of the Abrahamic Narratives: A Study of the Stylistics, Characterizations, and Functions of the Divine Speeches in Abrahamic Narratives

by Matthew Michael

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Overview

This work is a study in the attribution, aesthetics and representations of Yahweh’s speeches in the Hebrew Bible. It describes the literary elegance and beauty of the speeches of Yahweh in the Abrahamic narratives. Employing a synchronic reading of the Abrahamic cycle, it underscores the presence of various literary devices in the divine speeches (12:1-9, 13:1-18, 15:1-21, 17:1-27, 18:1-33, and 22: 1-19). Specifically, it engages the high concentration, literary effects and use of metaphors/metaphoric language, similes, alliterations, wordplays, euphemisms, hyperboles, repetitions, allusions and other distinctive literary features in the speeches of Yahweh which are deliberately denied, and glaringly absent in the speeches of the other main characters of the Abrahamic narratives (e.g. Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar). Similarly, it demonstrates the importance of these elevated speeches in the narrative world of Abrahamic epic. Most importantly, it also highlights the ideological significance of these decorated speeches of Yahweh to the original audience of the narrator who presumably identified with their excessive optimism and rhetoric. Consequently, this book is a pioneering work in the contemporary study of stylistics, characterizations and functions of attributed speeches in the Hebrew narratives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783689743
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 05/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 332
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

MATTHEW MICHAEL is presently a Research Fellow at the Department of Old and New Testaments at Stellenbosh University, South Africa and the Academic Dean of ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria. He has published several articles on the literary and artistic features of the Hebrew narratives.

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