Narrative Art In The Bible
Narrative Art In The Bible

Narrative Art In The Bible

in The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies

by Shimon Bar-Efrat

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Pages 295
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2004
ISBN-13 9780567084958
This book offers a systematic and comprehensive review of the fundamental literary aspects of biblical narrative, investigating the characteristics and points of view of the narrator, the shaping of characters, the structure of the plot, time and space, and finally the style. Many examples are provided to clarify the issues discussed as well as to shed fresh light on the narratives.


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Denver Seminary Journal Denver Seminary Journal December 5, 2009
An important contribution to techniques of literary interpretation. [Full Review]
This is an exact reprint of the first edition of this book (1989, 1992) without any essential change. Only the front and back covers are different. The volume, of course, is still a valid instrument for all those who endeavor to learn the basics of narrative art in the Bible. When the book was first published there had been a flurry of similar studies. Let us recall here the names of Weiss, Alonso Schkel, Fokkelman, Culley, Jobling, Licht, Alter, Sternberg, Eslinger, Berlin, and so on. Some of the titles appear in the (short) bibliography that concludes Bar-Efrats work (28385). Unfortunately, other, more recent works are not mentioned. It would have been advisable to try to fill out this short bibliography. One should mention at least a few titles of recent manuals, most of them provided with updated bibliographies: Y. Amit, Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001); J. P. Fokkelman, Reading Biblical Narrative: An Introductory Guide (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1999); D. Marguerat and Y. Bourquin, How to Read Bible Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Criticism (London: SCM, 1999); J. T. Walsh, Style and Structure in Biblical Hebrew Narrative (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2001); D. F. Tolmie, Narratology and Biblical Narratives: A Practical Guide (Atlanta: International Scholars Publications, 1998). Much has been published in English, but several studies have appeared also in French on this topic under the direction of D. [Full Review]