- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: SPCK (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0281046549
- ISBN-13: 978-0281046546
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,802,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World of Biblical Literature Paperback – 1992
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Reading any of the multitude of bibles as literature isn't a common approach. Yet, the ongoing success of the Bible must lie in part to its authors' narrative talents. Alter opens his survey with a mild chastisement of critics who have viewed the biblical tales in piecemeal. He voices regret that literary "reductionism" has obscured the larger picture. While he acknowledges the religious import of biblical narratives, he wants more recognition of the literary aspects than these stories have been given. The "Literary Play" in the second chapter's title conveys the tone admirably. As his concluding chapter notes, failure to understand the literary structures and illustrations of biblical stories reflects failure to understand much of Western European literature in general.
In one sense, this book is a challenge to other scholars, both past and future.Read more ›
That said, I found Mr. Alter's analyses of the Hebrew Bible to be unique, enlightening, and stimulating. It challenges the reader to read and reread the bible carefully, and thoroughly to appreciate its literary richness. I especially found helpful the description of type scenes, and the approach to resolving conflicting depictions of the same biblical event. Other observations, such as recurring biblical allusions, were noteworthy but not particularly useful in advancing my understanding of them as a literary technique.
Reading "The World of Biblical Literature" was a challenge and worthwhile.
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Alter's books are an integral part of my library for the study of Hebrew Scrupture. This one was exceptional.Published 12 months ago by terrryp