Narrative in the Hebrew Bible: Oxford Bible Series

Author: Danna Nolan Fewell David M. Gunn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Comparative Religion, Bibles, Biblical Studies & Exegesis, Biblical Commentaries
Book Format: Paperback

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.

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.


SKU BK-9780192132451
Barcode # 9780192132451
Brand Oxford University Press
Artist / Author Danna Nolan Fewell David M. Gunn
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