Literary Studies In The Hebrew Bible...

This volume focuses on some major issues in biblical research. In the studies collected in this volume, the author aims at highlighting salient literary modes which can be identified the books of the Hebrew Bible.

Preface narration, the synchroneity of discrete but nevertheless interrelated events that occurred simultaneously in diverse locations. By splitting the line of discourse and intersplicing the parallel- running threads of the complex narra-tive, carefully marking the cutoff and resumption by the reiteration of key phrases, an author succeeded in impressing on his readers the concurrence of the events he was reporting. Their coincidence would have been lost in a one- line presentation, which would have created the impression of a sequen-tial occurrence. A  redactor would have used the very same technique for secondarily inserting initially independent units into an already  closed corpus of literature. The  resumptive repetition is thus seen as a technical mode, whose impact can be traced in the biblical texts on various levels of their transmission. The widespread employment of the  resumptive repetition and other such compositional techniques proves that they cannot be considered idio-syncracies of one or another author, nor characteristics of one or another lit-erary stratum or source. Rather, they must be adjudged tools of the trade of the biblical literati generally, throughout the entire period of ancient Hebrew creativity. This phenomenon should be taken into account when the histórico-critical method is brought to bear on the elucidation of the composition of biblical literary entities and their interpretation. This desideratum is exem-plified in the analysis of a composite pericope of historiography— 2 Kgs 17: 24- 41. In the concluding essay, I present in detail my understanding of the book of Esther as a historicized  wisdom- tale, identifying in it themes and collo-cations that reveal in the tale of Esther and Mordecai the presence of the  type- plot of the low exile who rises to prominence at a foreign kings court. I wish to thank the editors and publishers of the periodicals and co־ authored books in which these studies originally appeared for granting per-mission to republish them in this collection. While the scholarly discussion of the issues investigated was not brought up to date, practically all the es-says have been reworked and expanded, several to a significant degree. My thanks are due to Daniel Cochavy and Samuel Cardillo, who proofread the initial manuscript and the final pages, respectively. Special thanks go to Mrs. Beverly Fields, who prepared the indexes, edited and typeset the entire manuscript with indefatigable care and exemplary patience. 8 Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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Front Matter Front Flap Half Title Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Preface Contents THE COMPARATIVE METHOD INBIBLICAL INTERPRETATION: PRINCIPLES AND PROBLEMSI. General ObservationsII. Sociopolitical Institutions III. Philological and Literary Aspects IV. ConclusionTHE NAVEL OF THE EARTH'' AND THE COMPARATIVE METHOD BIBLICAL ????? AND UGARITIC RPU/I(M) DID THERE EXIST A BIBLICAL NATIONAL EPIC? THE PRESENTATION OF SYNCHRONEITY AND SIMULTANEITY IN BIBLICAL NARRATIVE POLEMICS AND APOLOGY IN BIBLICAL HISTORIOGRAPHY: 2 KINGS 17:24-41 ESCHATOLOGY AND HISTORY IN BIBLICAL THOUGHTTHE CONCEPT OF REVELATION IN BIBLICAL TIMES THE DESERT MOTIF IN THE BIBLE AND IN QUMRAN LITERATURE WISDOM IN THE BOOK OF ESTHERBack Matter INDICESSOURCESHEBREW BIBLEGenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomy JoshuaJudgesI Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 KingsIsaiahJeremiahEzekielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiPsalmsProverbRuthCanticlesQoheletLamentationsEsther DanielNehemiah1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesAPOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHAQUMRAN MANUSCRIPTSRABBINIC LITERATURETALMUDMIDRASHAUTHORSANCIENT AUTHORSLIST OF ABBREVIATIONSACKNOWLEDGEMENTSBack Flap
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