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The Poetics of Biblical Narrative: Ideological Literature and the Drama of Reading (Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature) Paperback – 1 Jan 1985

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253204534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253204530
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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Sternberg has charted a pathway in Biblical Narrative Criticism. With his incisive and profound investigations into the Bible's stories, he follows not just the tenets of Biblical Narrative Criticism, but brings into the method, a whole package of ground-breaking enlightenment and nouveau discoveries. Speaking about how the Bible contributes to narrative criticism, with its free indirect discourse mechanism, he shows the Bible is not just a potpourri of various compilers, but an art beautifully and carefully carved by its Author. Differentiating between Ideology, Historiography and Aesthetics and the interplay between them, Sternberg has definitely provided a sound response to questions bothering on the historicity of biblical narratives. His Foolproof Composition theory is also a demonstration of an intellectual who approaches the Scriptures for what it is - the Word of God, even if in the language of men. A superb work by no means, which must be perseveringly devoured by every researcher in biblical studies, especially those who wish to see the narrative art inherent within the stories told by the Biblical Author. - Francis Adelabu, PBI
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Literary analysis of the Bible 1 Nov. 2013
By Theodore D. Ehrlich - Published on
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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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Good Book 7 Nov. 2001
By Rivkah Maccaby - Published on
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The information in this book is excellent, and Dr. Sternberg has an engaging narrative voice; many people who don't have to buy this book as a textbook would probably find it interesting to read. In small bits, however.
Sometimes the book overwhelms me, and I feel the author tried to tackle too large a subject. Any scholar who writes about the "voice" of the Biblical narrator is being disingenuous to pretend that there is but one voice in the Bible. However, Dr. Sternberg suggests this in his opening sentence: "What goals does the biblical narrator set himself?"
The book considers parts of the Bible discretely many times, and within each discrete frame, the information and analysis is excellent, but I think the Sternberg fails to tie it all up by discussing the possibility that all of Deuteronomy and the book of Jeremiah may be one voice, Leviticus contains one, one of which is present in Exodus, but not the other, Genesis consists of two voices, one of which is present to a very small degree in Leviticus, and more in Numbers, and then goes on the write Joshua. Etc. This is common theory, though Sternberg has a right to reject it. I just wish he'd acknowledged it.
But as I said, his analysis of each topic is excellent; much of his information is startling and refreshing.
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