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Biblical Text and Texture : A Literary Reading of Selected Texts - Michael A. Fishbane

Biblical Text and Texture

A Literary Reading of Selected Texts

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The bible remains one of the major literary achievements of human history, comprizing over 60 documents, with as many contributors, and composed over many centuries. In this book, Michael Fishbane approaches the Hebrew Bible from a literary point of view. He demonstrates how, just as orators use particular techniques such as repetition and pause to convey their message in the way they requie, so too the Hebrew Bible authors used a range of literary devices to communicate a religious message applicable to particular historical moments, each with their own political, moral and theological contexts.

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"very readable and instructive introduction to a literary reading of scripture." * Epworth Review * "a useful contribution to the study of the Bible as literature." * Journal for the Study of the Old Testament * "this volume still retains its freshness" * Theological Book Review * "there are stunning insights clearly presented" * World Faiths Encounter * "A beautifully written little volume containing ... sensitivity to language, spiritual insight, and passionate faith." John G. Gamie * Interpretation *

Narratives and Narrative Cyclesp. 1
Genesis 1:1-2:4a/The Creationp. 3
Genesis 2:4b-11:32/The Primeval Cyclep. 17
Genesis 25:19-35:22/The Jacob Cyclep. 40
Exodus l-4/The Prologue to the Exodus Cyclep. 63
Speeches and Prayersp. 77
Deuteronomy 6:20-25/Teaching and Transmissionp. 79
Psalm 19/Creation, Torah, and Hopep. 84
Jeremiah 20:7-12/Loneliness and Anguishp. 91
Psalm 122/Space in Suspension: The Pilgrimagep. 103
Motifs and Other Text-Transformationsp. 109
The "Eden" Motif/The Landscape of Spatial Renewalp. 111
The "Exodus" Motif/The Paradigm of Historical Renewalp. 121
Epiloguep. 141
Notesp. 143
Indexp. 152
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ISBN: 9781851681518
ISBN-10: 1851681515
Series: Judaism Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 5th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1