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The Poetics of Biblical Narrative: Ideological Literature and the Drama of Reading (Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature) [Paperback]

Jim Bowman , Meir Sternberg

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1 Jan 1985 Indiana Studies in Biblical Literature
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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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary analysis of the Bible 1 Nov 2013
By Theodore D. Ehrlich - Published on Amazon.com
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 7 Nov 2001
By Rivkah Maccaby - Published on Amazon.com
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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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