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Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible eBook: Yairah Amit: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store I recommend students who study Biblical narrative Reader oriented or Reader response view.She gives colorful view for biblical narratives. 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 school book only thing i can say 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. Easy reading for school and it helped immensely

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