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"This ... is a brilliant work." Choice "[Sternberg] has written a very important book, both for his comprehensiveness and for the clearly-avowed faith stance from which he understands and interprets the strategies of the biblical narratives... a superb overview ... " Theological Studies " ... rated very highly indeed. It is a book to read and then reread." Modern Language Review " ... Sternberg has accomplished an enormous task, enriching our understanding of the theoretical basis of biblical narrative and giving us insight into a remarkable number of particular texts." Journal of the American Academy of Religion " ... an important book for those who seek to take the Bible seriously as a literary work because it shows, more clearly and emphatically than any book I know, that the Bible is a serious literary work - a text manifesting a highly sophisticated and successful narrative poetics." Adele Berlin, Prooftexts
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  • Series: Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature
  • Paperback: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Reprint edition (August 22, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253204534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253204530
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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My primary purpose in reading Meir Sternberg's, "The Poetics of Biblical Narrative," was to learn about his taxonomy of repetition in the Old Testament and his opinion of Umberto Cassuto. His numerous quotations from the Hebrew Bible, breadth of knowledge, and brilliant insight into the text were an added bonus. His book was recommended to me by Dr. Diana Kirby who quotes him extensively in her dissertation.
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This work is the best book on biblical poetics I have read, however, it is very deep and scholarly and is a slow go. If you are prepared for a difficult, but very rewarding read, then this book is for you. Good luck!!!!!!
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Wonderful treatment of the Bible as thoughtful poesy.
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