Reading Biblical Narratives

Author: Yaira Amit
Editor: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451420449
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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 dialog, she brings the biblical text to life, helping the reader enter the stories from new vantage points.

Reading Biblical Narrative

Author: Jan P. Fokkelman
Editor: BRILL
ISBN: 9004397485
File Size: 25,67 MB
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This is an enormously instructive and practical hands-on introduction for students of the Bible as literature, by one of the world’s leading exponents of Hebrew narrative technique. Issues covered include: introduction to the art of reading, the narrator and his characters, narrative structure, narrative devices.

Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives

Author: J. Andrew Dearman
ISBN: 0190246480
File Size: 10,19 MB
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Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives introduces readers to narrative traditions of the Old Testament and to methods of interpreting them. Part of the Essentials of Biblical Studies series, this volume presents readers with an overview of exegesis by mainly focusing on a self-contained narrative tobe read alongside the text. Through sustained interaction with the book of Ruth, readers have opportunities to engage a biblical book from multiple perspectives, while taking note of the wider implications of such perspectives for other biblical narratives. Other select texts from Hebrew Biblenarratives, related by theme or content to matters in Ruth, are also examined, not only to assist in illustrating this method of approach, but also to offer reinforcement of reading skills and connections among different narrative traditions. Considering literary analysis, words and texts incontext, and reception history, this brief introduction gives students an overview of how exegesis illuminates stories in the Bible.

How Children Read Biblical Narrative

Author: Melody Renee Briggs
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498293867
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How do children read the Bible? This book makes a major contribution to this underexplored area by analyzing how children interpret Bible stories, focused around an empirical investigation of one group of eleven- to fourteen-year-old children, and their readings of the Gospel of Luke. The first section of the study establishes the nature of the text and the readers in this project: exploring the Gospel of Luke as a narrative of Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection, and then looking at the developmental traits of children as readers. The next section offers a model account of how biblical scholars can investigate empirical readings of Scripture, by describing the methods used to bring together one group of child readers and Luke. The third section then analyzes the resulting multitude of interpretations that the children offered in their reading of the book, concentrating on the key trends in their interpretive strategies. It critiques the children's readings of Luke, but it also points to some of the surprising and beneficial results of reading Luke using the interpretive strategies of a child.

Reading Luke Acts

Author: William S. Kurz
Editor: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664254414
File Size: 65,74 MB
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This excellent book shows how literary criticism illuminates the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, reclaiming them as Biblical narrative. Kurz explores literary aspects such as implied authors or readers, plot, and assumed information, or gaps. Finally, he traces the implications of reading Luke-Acts as canonical Scripture and the merits of literary methods.

The Poetics Of Biblical Narrative

Author: Meir Sternberg
Editor: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253114047
File Size: 20,90 MB
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Meir Sternberg’s classic study is “an important book for those who seek to take the Bible seriously as a literary work.” (Adele Berlin, Prooftexts) In “a book to read and then reread” (Modern Language Review), Meir Sternberg “has accomplished an enormous task, enriching our understanding of the theoretical basis of Biblical narrative and giving us insight into a remarkable number of particular texts.” (Journal of the American Academy of Religion). The result is a “a brilliant work” (Choice) distinguished “both for his comprehensiveness and for the clearly-avowed faith stance from which he understands and interprets the strategies of the biblical narratives.” (Theological Studies). The Poetics of Biblical Narrative shows, in Adele Berlin’s words, “more clearly and emphatically than any book I know, that the Bible is a serious literary work―a text manifesting a highly sophisticated and successful narrative poetics.”

Swallowing Jonah

Author: Ray Lubeck
File Size: 43,75 MB
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The Oxford Handbook Of Biblical Narrative

Author: Danna Nolan Fewell
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199967725
File Size: 42,56 MB
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Comprised of contributions from scholars across the globe, The Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative is a state-of-the-art anthology, offering critical treatments of both the Bible's narratives and topics related to the Bible's narrative constructions. The Handbook covers the Bible's narrative literature, from Genesis to Revelation, providing concise overviews of literary-critical scholarship as well as innovative readings of individual narratives informed by a variety of methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks. The volume as a whole combines literary sensitivities with the traditional historical and sociological questions of biblical criticism and puts biblical studies into intentional conversation with other disciplines in the humanities. It reframes biblical literature in a way that highlights its aesthetic characteristics, its ethical and religious appeal, its organic qualities as communal literature, its witness to various forms of social and political negotiation, and its uncanny power to affect readers and hearers across disparate time-frames and global communities.

Voices From Amsterdam

Author: Martin Kessler
Editor: Scholars Press
File Size: 69,86 MB
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How To Read Bible Stories

Author: Daniel Marguerat
Editor: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
ISBN: 9780334027782
File Size: 31,12 MB
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A welcome supplement to the bestselling How to Read the OT and How to Read the NT, indicating more recent developments in biblical studies especially in the area of narrative criticism.

Women Seduction And Betrayal In Biblical Narrative

Author: Alice Bach
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521475600
File Size: 30,58 MB
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A feminist, cultural reading of the women in the Bible, which challenges traditional methods of biblical study.

The Hebrew Bible As Literature

Author: Tod Linafelt
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195300076
File Size: 59,88 MB
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The Hebrew Bible, or Christian Old Testament, contains some of the finest literature that we have. This biblical literature has a place not only in the synagogue or the church but also among the classics of world literature. The stories of Jacob and David, for instance, present the earliest surviving examples of literary characters whose development the reader follows over the length of a lifetime. Elsewhere, as in the books of Esther or Ruth, readers find a snapshot of a particular, fraught moment that will define the character. The Hebrew Bible also provides quite a few high points of lyric poetry, from the praise and lament of the Psalms to the double entendres in the love of poetry of the Song of Songs. In short, the Bible can be celebrated not only as religious literature but, quite simply, as literature. This book offers a thorough and lively introduction to the Bible's two primary literary modes, narrative and poetry, foregrounding the nuances of plot, character, metaphor, structure and design, and intertextual allusions. Tod Linafelt thus gives readers the tools to fully experience and appreciate the Old Testament's literary achievement. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Sexual Politics In The Biblical Narrative

Author: Esther Fuchs
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567042871
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This book is for anyone interested in religious studies and women's studies, as well as for biblical scholars. It offers a feminist oppositional reading of the biblical text. The main argument is that the Bible constructs a fictional universe in which women are shown to be intent on promoting male interests, and, for the most part, appear as secondary characters whose voice and point of view are often suppressed. In their limited roles as mothers, wives, daughters and sisters, women are constructed as male-dependent pawns intent on securing the status of their male counterparts. The Biblical narrative highlights the contribution of women as reproductive agents and protectors of sons. In this challenging collection of essays, Fuchs focuses on type-scenes as a way of demonstrating the mechanisms by which the texts validates male power and superiority. She also deconstructs the Biblical sexual politics by asking whose interest is being served by the 'good' women of the Bible.Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series, Volume 310.

How Bible Stories Work

Author: Leland Ryken
ISBN: 9781683591528
File Size: 69,67 MB
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This is the first of a projected six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature (the second volume being Sweeter Than Honey, Richer Than Gold). An expert at exploring the intersection of the Bible and literature, Ryken shows pastors and students and teachers of the Bible how to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of biblical narrative and how to interpret it correctly. Dr. Ryken goes one step further than merely explaining the genre of story--he includes exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure.Speaking of the entire series, Ryken says that "the niche that these volumes are designed to fill is the literary approach to the Bible. This has been my scholarly passion for nearly half a century. It is my belief that a literary approach to the Bible is the common reader's friend, in contract to the more specialized types of scholarship on the Bible."

Ethics And Biblical Narrative

Author: S. Min Chun
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199688966
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S. Min Chun discusses how to read Old Testament narrative from an ethical perspective. He employs a linguistic and literary approach to Biblical interpretation, using close study of the narrative of Josiah in the book of Kings, and argues that such an approach makes the most of the genre-characteristics of Old Testament narrative.

Reading Biblical Poetry

Editor: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664224394
File Size: 47,27 MB
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A companion to Reading Biblical Narrative provides a holistic introduction to biblical poetry, offering literary examples of how the poets of the bible created their works. Original.

Poetics And Interpretation Of Biblical Narrative

Author: Adele Berlin
Editor: Sheffield : Almond Press
File Size: 19,94 MB
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Poetics, the "science" of literature, makes us aware of how texts achieve their meaning. Poetics aids interpretation. If we know how texts mean, we are in a better position to discover what a particular text means. This is a book which offers fundamental guidelines for the sensitive reading and understanding of biblical stories. -- Back cover.

Biblical Narratives Of Israelites And Their Neighbors

Author: Adriane Leveen, MSW, PhD
Editor: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351785559
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Throughout the Hebrew Bible, strangers are indispensable to the formation of a collective Israelite identity. Encounters between the Israelites and their neighbors are among the most urgent matters explored in biblical narratives, yet relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to them. This book corrects that imbalance by carrying out close readings of the accounts of Israel's myriad interactions with the surrounding nations. The book follows the people of Israel after they leave Egypt, as they wander in the wilderness, cross over into the land, become a unified people Israel and face explusion from that land. The introduction lays the groundwork for a literary reading. Each chapter that follows highlights a distinct people and the issues that they create. For example, Jethro, father-in-law of Moses and a Midian priest, provides a model of collaboration, while Samson's behavior triggers a cycle of violent retribution. These engaging stories illustrate the perceived dangers of idolatry and military oppression, but also convey lessons in governance, cultural innovation and the building of alliances. This book is vital reading for Biblical scholars and interested readers who want to deepen their understanding of the Israelites' relationship with neighboring peoples. It will also be of keen interest to academics who work in ancient history and culture.

Reading Prophetic Narratives

Editor: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253114334
File Size: 34,14 MB
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"... a superb example of modern Orthodox Jewish biblical interpretation." -- Interpretation "This detailed and intriguing work represents years of thought and meticulous analysis as well as a fresh reading of several familiar prophetic narratives found in the OT." -- The Catholic Biblical Quarterly "... this book contains well-argued and thoughtful literary readings... Simon is thoroughly versed in the secondary literature but has managed to write a volume accessible to both scholars and informed general readers..." -- Choice Noted biblical scholar Uriel Simon undertakes a systematic study of prophetic narratives in the Bible. He focuses on seven stories (including Samuel's call to prophecy, Saul at Endor, and David and Bathsheba), analyzing their form and structure, their rhetorical devices, their descriptions of character and motive, their narrative techniques -- in short, on the ways in which the stories are told.

Truth Beauty And Goodness In Biblical Narratives

Author: Krzysztof Piotr Sonek
Editor: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110209756
File Size: 50,84 MB
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The book proposes a hermeneutical theory which uses modern approaches to literary texts for the exegesis of biblical narratives. This theory is then applied to the exegesis of Genesis 21:1-21, and involves the evaluation of the New Criticism, rhetorical criticism, structuralism and narrative analysis, reader-response criticism, the historical-critical method, as well as deconstruction. To satisfy the postulate of pluralism in interpretation, the theory draws upon a variety of ancient and modern sources such as Aristotle, T. S. Eliot, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Paul Ricœur.