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Reading Biblical Narratives

Yairah Amit

Reading Biblical Narratives

Yairah Amit

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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.

- Publisher The Power of Stories^The Story Researchers and the Readers Responsibility^Biblical Stories and Biblical Criticism^Openings and Endings^Plot, Structure, and Their Function^Characterization by Minimal Means^Whom to Believe?^The Biblical Stories and "Times Art"^The Place, the Story, and the History^Intrinsic and Acquired Significance^Afterword: The Story in Its Significance ^^188 Pages

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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.
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The Power of Stories^The Story Researchers and the Readers Responsibility^Biblical Stories and Biblical Criticism^Openings and Endings^Plot, Structure, and Their Function^Characterization by Minimal Means^Whom to Believe?^The Biblical Stories and "Times Art"^The Place, the Story, and the History^Intrinsic and Acquired Significance^Afterword: The Story in Its Significance ^^188 Pages
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A little gem
5 stars By Robert, Sep 03 2012
It's too rare to get a book on Old Testament interpretation that was actually written in Hebrew! Amit deals topically with major aspects of biblical criticism such as plot structure, character development, chronology and geography. She gives diagrams and overviews of major plot-types as well as saying how to identify each character type. Everything she says deals directly with the unique character of biblical narratives.

She illustrates her points with examples and 'repeats' certain stories (such as 'Judah and Tamar') in multiple chapters, giving a sense of how it can be analysed in different ways. What function does each character play? How is the flow of time managed or subverted? It makes you want to reread every biblical story there is and apply each of her tools to really understand them richly.

Rather than looking for what we 'want' the text to say, Amit lets the Bible speak by attending to what is there. 'Reading Biblical Narratives' stays 'on target' throughout, giving us literary-rhetorical criticism, but the author does emphasise that we need to do textual, redactive, historical and theological work to get the 'whole picture'. You'll need other books to learn about those techniques. Personally, I'd love for this to be "Part 2" of a big 700 page text-book that begins with Textual Criticism (Part 1) and then goes into historical and archaeological matters (Part 3). That would be a dream, but for what we have here, I can't fault it. It's a power-packed tour-de-force of literary analysis.
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  • Catalogue Code 183656
  • Product Code 080063280X
  • EAN 9780800632809
  • Pages 204
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category Hermeneutics
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Publication Date Jul 2001
  • Sales Rank #25519
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.286kg

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