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Narrative in the Hebrew Bible

David M Gunn (Ed)

Narrative in the Hebrew Bible

David M Gunn (Ed)

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After almost two centuries of historical criticism, biblical scholarship has recently taken major shifts in direction, most notably towards literary study of the Bible. Much germinal criticism has taken as its primary focus narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible (the `Old Testament'). This book belongs in this movement and provides a lucid guide to its interpretative possibilities. It tries to be both theoretical and practical, combining discussion of method and the business of reading in general with numerous illustrations through readings of particular texts. The opening chapter indicates how literary criticism is related to other dominant ways of reading the text over the last two thousand years, using as an example the story of Cain and Abel. In subsequent methodological chapters, the authors discuss characters, not excluding the narrator and God; plot, modifying recent theory to accommodate the peculiar complexity of biblical narratives; and the play of language through repetition, ambiguity, multivalence, metaphor and intertextuality. The concluding chapter, on readers and responsibility, explores the ideological dimension of narrative interpretation, with particular attention to Genesis 1-3, a story which has generated much discussion about gender and social hierarchy. Does this text define or challenge the statusquo (of either the ancient or the modern world)? The authors lay out some of the debate and question what values are at work when we and others read and champion readings. Other extended readings include: the stories of Abraham and Sarah, and of Tamar and Judah in Genesis, the book of Jonah, and the account of Nebuchadnezzar and the three Jews thrown into the fiery furnace, fromthe book of Daniel. An extensive bibliography completes the book, arranged by subject and biblical text.

- Publisher After almost two centuries of historical criticism, biblical scholarship has recently taken major shifts in direction, most notably toward literary study of the Bible. Much germinal criticism has taken as its primary focus narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible (the "Old Testament"). This study provides a lucid guide to the interpretive possibilities of this movement. Attempting to be both theoretical and practical, it combines discussion of methods and the business of reading in general with numerous illustrations through readings of particular texts. Gunn and Fewell discuss how literary criticism is related to other dominant ways of reading the text over the last two thousand years. In addition, they address characters, including the narrator and God; plot, modifying recent theory to accommodate the peculiar complexity of biblical narratives; and the play of language through repetition, ambiguity, multivalence, metaphor, and intertextuality. Finally, the authors discuss readers and res

- Publisher

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About "Narrative in the Hebrew Bible"

After almost two centuries of historical criticism, biblical scholarship has recently taken major shifts in direction, most notably towards literary study of the Bible. Much germinal criticism has taken as its primary focus narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible (the `Old Testament'). This book belongs in this movement and provides a lucid guide to its interpretative possibilities. It tries to be both theoretical and practical, combining discussion of method and the business of reading in general with numerous illustrations through readings of particular texts. The opening chapter indicates how literary criticism is related to other dominant ways of reading the text over the last two thousand years, using as an example the story of Cain and Abel. In subsequent methodological chapters, the authors discuss characters, not excluding the narrator and God; plot, modifying recent theory to accommodate the peculiar complexity of biblical narratives; and the play of language through repetition, ambiguity, multivalence, metaphor and intertextuality. The concluding chapter, on readers and responsibility, explores the ideological dimension of narrative interpretation, with particular attention to Genesis 1-3, a story which has generated much discussion about gender and social hierarchy. Does this text define or challenge the statusquo (of either the ancient or the modern world)? The authors lay out some of the debate and question what values are at work when we and others read and champion readings. Other extended readings include: the stories of Abraham and Sarah, and of Tamar and Judah in Genesis, the book of Jonah, and the account of Nebuchadnezzar and the three Jews thrown into the fiery furnace, fromthe book of Daniel. An extensive bibliography completes the book, arranged by subject and biblical text.
- Publisher

After almost two centuries of historical criticism, biblical scholarship has recently taken major shifts in direction, most notably toward literary study of the Bible. Much germinal criticism has taken as its primary focus narrative texts of the Hebrew Bible (the "Old Testament"). This study provides a lucid guide to the interpretive possibilities of this movement. Attempting to be both theoretical and practical, it combines discussion of methods and the business of reading in general with numerous illustrations through readings of particular texts. Gunn and Fewell discuss how literary criticism is related to other dominant ways of reading the text over the last two thousand years. In addition, they address characters, including the narrator and God; plot, modifying recent theory to accommodate the peculiar complexity of biblical narratives; and the play of language through repetition, ambiguity, multivalence, metaphor, and intertextuality. Finally, the authors discuss readers and res
- Publisher

Meet the Author

David M Gunn (Ed)

David M. Gunn holds the A. A. Bradford Chair of Religion at Texas Christian University. His other books include "Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible's First Story" (1993) and "Narrative in the Hebrew Bible" (1993), as co-author, and "Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book" (1996) and ""Imagining" Biblical Worlds: Spatial, Social and Historical Constructs" (2002), as co-editor. He is also co-author of the article on Judges in the" Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation" (1999).

Table Of Contents

  • Part 1 Strategies For Reading: Narrative
  • Biblical Narrative
  • Historical Criticism, Literary Criticism And The Meanings Of The Text
  • Varieties Of Interpretation - "genesis" Through 2000 Years
  • Similarity And Difference. Part 2 Tamar And Judah - "genesis 38". Part 3
  • Characters And Narrators: Readers And People
  • The Narrator
  • The Characters
  • Reconstucting Characters
  • Reconstructing Yhwh. Part 4 Abraham And Sarah - "genesis 11-22". Part 5
  • Designs On The Plot: Reading For The Plot - Desire For Order
  • Plots And Points Of View - "judges 10-12"
  • Fracturing The Plot - The Codas To "judges" And "samuel". Part 6 Jonah
  • And God - The "book Of Jonah". Part 7 The Lure Of Language: Repetition
  • And Variation
  • Multivalence, Ambiguity And Metaphor
  • Reading For The Metaphor - "judges 1"
  • Allusion And Intertextuality
  • Reading Between Words And Stories - The House Of David. Part 8
  • Nebuchadnezzar And The Three Jews - "daniel 3". Part 9 Readers And
  • Responsibility: Literature And Ideology
  • The Bible And Ideology
  • "genesis 2-3" - Women, Men And God.

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Product Details

Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 77791
  • Product Code 0192132458
  • EAN 9780192132451
  • Pages 280
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Jun 1993
  • Sales Rank #18644
  • Dimensions 197 x 129 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.233kg

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