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Comedy of Revelation : Paradise Lost and Regained in Bliblical Narrative - Francesca Aran Murphy

Comedy of Revelation

Paradise Lost and Regained in Bliblical Narrative

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2001
ISBN: 9780567087188

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A highly readable and illuminating approach to biblical scholarship from the author of Christ the Form of Beauty.At a time when new approaches to biblical analysis are proliferating, Francesca Murphy opens up the literary dimension of the Bible using a lively form of narrative criticism, developing a doctrine of revelation which is both original and radically traditional. Murphy argues that the Bible is written imaginatively, and that the best way to understand its meaning is to imagine how to perform or dramatize it. She follows the sequence of heroes and heroines who carry the plot from Genesis to Revelation and presents a fresh and remarkable picture of biblical revelation as the performance of God's image in history, captured by its writers' moral imagination.

" a contribution to the flourishing discipline of narrative criticism in biblical interpretation Murphy wants to do as little theorizing as possible. Rather, she wants only to remind us that the Bible is written imaginatively, and to persuade us that the best way to understand what it is about is to dramatize it The book is lucidly written, in an appropriately witty and humorous way Dr Murphy is after all engaged in teaching systematic theology, and the book makes an even more remarkable contribution to the reconsideration of fundamental topics in that discipline. It could also be read with enjoyment by people who have no background or interest in systematic theology as conventionally understood." New Blackfriars, July/August 2001 "a highly original study, written with wit and learning." - David Jasper Reviewed in: Church Times, 23 February 2001Highlights: " her illuminating commentary on Revelation as the climax of a divine comedy is typical of the best features of this literary analysis of the Bible."

Publishers' Acknowledgements
From Story to Drama: An Anecdotal Preface
The Human and Divine Comedyp. 1
Genres as 'Worlds'p. 1
The Dramatic Worldp. 2
The World of Comedy: The Desire for Communionp. 4
Aristophanes: Cosmic Laughterp. 7
The Genre of Comic Dramap. 21
The Comic and the Sacredp. 25
The Master Images: The Pentateuchp. 29
The Bible as Dramatic Comedyp. 29
Genesisp. 32
Exodusp. 56
Theatrum Gloriae Deip. 77
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomyp. 81
The Theatre of Old Testament History: Political Comedy from Judges to Samuelp. 87
Judgesp. 87
Ruthp. 111
1-2 Samuelp. 112
The Ironies of Historyp. 145
A New Look on Jobp. 151
Setting the Scenep. 151
A Performance of Job!p. 153
Humanising Jobp. 167
Deathp. 172
Paradisial Comedyp. 183
Pause for Breathp. 183
Apocalyptic Imagination and Paradisial Comedyp. 190
The Book of Revelation as Paradisial Comedyp. 212
John's Gospel as Comic Drama (Paradisial)p. 226
Typology and Traditionp. 249
The Unoriginality of the Thesisp. 251
'To Play in Paradise': The N-Town Cyclep. 254
Handel's Oratoriosp. 280
Jonah-Man Jazzp. 300
Images and Witnessesp. 307
How Do We Experience the Good?p. 307
What Is Revelation?p. 310
What Is Inspiration?p. 326
Inspiration and Revelation: Father, Son and Spiritp. 337
Revelation as Dramatic Comedy: Kenosis Con Briop. 342
Apologies for Our Shortcomingsp. 347
Bibliographyp. 349
Indexp. 363
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ISBN: 9780567087188
ISBN-10: 0567087182
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Published: 1st January 2001
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1

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