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Twice Used Songs

Terry GilesWilliam Doan

Twice Used Songs

Terry GilesWilliam Doan

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Terry Giles and Bill Doan have teamed up to apply the methodologies of performance criticism to the "performances" found in songs that are used in the Old Testament narrative. These songs were first used elsewhere and thus are "twice-used." The result is a serious, helpful, innovative appraisal of Scripture portions that often seem "out of place" within their narrative contexts. With the aid of this new application of insights from the theatre arts, portions of Scripture spring up fresh and alive, giving the present-day reader valuable insights into why these "twice-used songs" are found where they are, and how they were designed to draw in the original readers/hearers to these passages.

^^Performance criticism tries to understand the significance of the history of this material as something that was performedsung, in a community, with various participants and with responses expected from the audience. The authors explore how the Old Testament writers imbedded these songs in their prose so as to add persuasiveness to the narration. The work includes two extensive bibliographies, one related to the biblical passages and the second to the emerging methodology as an aid to those encountering this inter-disciplinary work for the first time.



- Publisher Twice Used Songs applies performance criticism to poetic portions of the Hebrew Bible that seem out of place, sometimes even contradictory, within their wider narrative context. Terry Giles, a biblical scholar, and William J. Doan, a theatre scholar, argue that the Song of Miriam and other such portions are in fact "recycled" songs performed by the writers to communicate social values and themes to an audience that would recognize the significance of a "covered" song in a particular context. This innovative exegetical study, which includes a bibliography on performance criticism and a glossary of terms, opens up previously misunderstood passages of Scripture and introduces a new area of biblical studies. Book jacket.

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About "Twice Used Songs"

Terry Giles and Bill Doan have teamed up to apply the methodologies of performance criticism to the "performances" found in songs that are used in the Old Testament narrative. These songs were first used elsewhere and thus are "twice-used." The result is a serious, helpful, innovative appraisal of Scripture portions that often seem "out of place" within their narrative contexts. With the aid of this new application of insights from the theatre arts, portions of Scripture spring up fresh and alive, giving the present-day reader valuable insights into why these "twice-used songs" are found where they are, and how they were designed to draw in the original readers/hearers to these passages.

^^Performance criticism tries to understand the significance of the history of this material as something that was performedsung, in a community, with various participants and with responses expected from the audience. The authors explore how the Old Testament writers imbedded these songs in their prose so as to add persuasiveness to the narration. The work includes two extensive bibliographies, one related to the biblical passages and the second to the emerging methodology as an aid to those encountering this inter-disciplinary work for the first time.


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Twice Used Songs applies performance criticism to poetic portions of the Hebrew Bible that seem out of place, sometimes even contradictory, within their wider narrative context. Terry Giles, a biblical scholar, and William J. Doan, a theatre scholar, argue that the Song of Miriam and other such portions are in fact "recycled" songs performed by the writers to communicate social values and themes to an audience that would recognize the significance of a "covered" song in a particular context. This innovative exegetical study, which includes a bibliography on performance criticism and a glossary of terms, opens up previously misunderstood passages of Scripture and introduces a new area of biblical studies. Book jacket.
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Terry Giles

Terry Giles (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is a professor in the theology department at Gannon University. He will serve as president of Faculty Senate for the 2004-05 academic year. He has authored a number of books, Prophets, Performance, and Power; A Doubter's Guide to Heaven, Twice Used Songs: Performance Criticism of the Songs of Ancient Israel, Tradition Kept, and The Keepers with Robert T Anderson, as well as several book reviews in the Baptist Review of Theology.
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William Doan

William J. Doan (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve) is Associate Dean for Administration, Graduate Research, and Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many published works, including Prophets, Performance, and Power with Terry Giles.

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  • Catalogue Code 286955
  • Product Code 9781598562729
  • ISBN 159856272X
  • EAN 9781598562729
  • Pages 200
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jan 2009
  • Dimensions 226 x 150 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.318kg

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