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Narrative Art in the Bible (Understanding the Bible and Its World) [Paperback]

Shimon Bar-Efrat , Shimeon Bar-Efrat

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1 Jun 2004 Understanding the Bible and Its World
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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"Bar-Efrat's...book is relatively free of such technical jargon, and when these terms do appear, they are simply and clearly explained.....the book is particularly useful to introduce those who may already be somewhat familiar with the Bible to basic concepts involved in reading it as narrative, although they are left hanging if they want to pursue such concepts much further....his narratological insights remain valuable, and his own writing style is accessible to a wide range of readers."- George Aichele, "The Bible and Critical Theory, "Vol. 1, Number 3, 2005

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Dr. Bar-Efra is Head of Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University Secondary School, Jerusalem.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Second Book on Narrative Criticism 25 Mar 2000
By Mark McEntire - Published on Amazon.com
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Those who have been introduced to biblical Hebrew narrative by simpler books such as those by Robert Alter, Adele Berlin, or Jacob Licht will find a great next step in this masterful work. Bar-Efrat treat the standard subjects of narrative criticism (plot, setting, characters) in beautifully developed chapters. The depth of application to the biblical text is superior to the more introductory works listed above. He is particularly fond of the Books of Samuel and is a brilliant reader of this literature. Those who carefully digest Bar-Efrat's work will have their reading of the Samuel, Daul , and David stories transformed. A tremendous addition to this study is Bar-Efrat's final chapter on "style." Here he develops an understanding of narrative criticism which reveals its vital connections to other contemporary literary methods, particularly rhetorical criticism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Nov 2013
By Jacob Onyumbe - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book that exceeded my expectations. It arrived on time, clean and strong copy. I am likely to buy again. Kuddos!
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