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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.
"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 Cycles||p. 1|
|Genesis 1:1-2:4a/The Creation||p. 3|
|Genesis 2:4b-11:32/The Primeval Cycle||p. 17|
|Genesis 25:19-35:22/The Jacob Cycle||p. 40|
|Exodus l-4/The Prologue to the Exodus Cycle||p. 63|
|Speeches and Prayers||p. 77|
|Deuteronomy 6:20-25/Teaching and Transmission||p. 79|
|Psalm 19/Creation, Torah, and Hope||p. 84|
|Jeremiah 20:7-12/Loneliness and Anguish||p. 91|
|Psalm 122/Space in Suspension: The Pilgrimage||p. 103|
|Motifs and Other Text-Transformations||p. 109|
|The "Eden" Motif/The Landscape of Spatial Renewal||p. 111|
|The "Exodus" Motif/The Paradigm of Historical Renewal||p. 121|
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Series: Judaism Ser.
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 5th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 14.15 x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1