[Ebook] Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible By Yairah Amit – Tactical-player.co.uk
school book only thing i can say 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 Dialogue, She Brings The Biblical Text To Life, Helping The Reader Enter The Stories From New Vantage Points Contents 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 Easy reading for school and it helped immensely I recommend students who study Biblical narrative Reader oriented or Reader response view.She gives colorful view for biblical narratives. One of the best at explaining how Biblical narratives differ from other types of narratives I strongly recommend this book. Not what I needed for using in my religion class. This is a very fine book uncovering the power of biblical stories which serves as an introduction to biblical narrative It was written by professor Yairah Amit of the Tel Aviv University in Israel.Professor Amit s approach to literary criticism of biblical narrative is through biblical stories Her premise is that biblical writers considered stories to be powerful means of teaching and persuasion She illustrates this point over and again through examples and analysis of biblical stories Whichever topic she s covering whether it be defining boundaries, exploring characters, motives, time, place, etc she first introduces a set of principles, then illustrates them by presenting examples of biblical stories, and finally elaborates upon them.This approach to introducing biblical narrative is very scholarly, methodical and amazingly covers a lot of ground Professor Amit makes a skillful use of textual criticism, sifting out later textual additions but also identifying editor s or redactor s changes through literary analysis This combination of lower criticism textual criticism and higher criticism literary criticism is rather intriguing and yields some very interesting results Yet the book is accessible to anyone and the casual reader should not be dissuaded from reading it The analysis presented in this book is quite readable and enjoyable Whether or not you intend to pursue the study of biblical narrative any further, this book will certainly enrich you and add light to your understanding of biblical stories I highly recommend this book. It s just too rare to get a book on Old Testament interpretation that was actually written in Hebrew Professor Yairah Amit of Tel Aviv University had her short work translated into English in 2001 and it is a truly enriching and engaging book I felt like I had gained such useful perspectives and tools although it is a mere 150 pages, it was like I d read over 500 pages Amit deals topically with major aspects of biblical criticism such as plot structure, character development, chronology, geography etc etc She gives diagrams and overviews of major plot types such as the Three Four Structure and the Calling Narrative as well as saying how to identify each character type Round, Flat and Type she even investigates how Yahweh is characterised There s no generalised literary criticism here everything she says deals directly with the unique character and flavour of biblical narratives basically everything from Genesis to Ezra in the Protestant canonical order although, between you and me, everything she says is incredibly useful and applicable to the Gospels and Acts.She illustrates all of her points with detailed examples from places like Genesis, Judges, Samuel and Kings She repeats certain stories such as Judah and Tamar and Naboth s Vineyard in multiple chapters, giving a captivating sense of how the same story can be analysed in different ways What units make up the plot What function does each character play How is the flow of time managed or subverted etc etc It makes you want to reread every biblical story there is and apply each of her tools to really understand them richly and deeply Now that really can t be a bad thing, can it Amit self consciously seeks to clear away the haze of Judeo Christian theology rather than looking for what we want the text to say, we need to let the Bible speak by attending to what is there She also corrects other errors such as ignoring geographic markers and movements, and thinking the only value of a story is how it affects its context Amit is incredibly well read and well informed Euro Americans may routinely ignore Jewish scholarship, but Amit does not return in kind Nonetheless, she speaks with her own voice and never gets bogged down in debates Reading Biblical Narratives stays on target throughout, giving us literary rhetorical criticism and that alone, but nonetheless that author does emphasise that we need to be willing to do textual, redactive, historical and theological work to get the whole picture , so to speak You ll need to read other books to learn about those techniques Personally, I d love for this book 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 Footnote There is the odd statement here that a, shall we say, evangelical Christian may find fault with But it s really very few and far between Amit deeply respects the text and this is actually one of the few academic works I would unhesitatingly recommend to any church member interested in the topic.