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4.0 out of 5 stars How to read the Bible as literature, 28 Jan 2014
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Jeremy Bevan (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Old Testament Narrative: A Guide to Interpretation (Paperback)
Literary analysis has, in recent years, proved to be a fruitful way of opening up well-known biblical texts to fresh and invigorating scrutiny. But despite the slew of publications that have illuminated afresh particular texts, works on how to do it – the techniques of literary analysis itself - are comparatively rare. This book from Jerome Walsh, a seasoned practitioner and teacher, takes a carefully structured approach to character, plot, and a wide range of narrative devices, explaining how they work and helpfully focussing on a small core of texts from II Kings to illustrate points made. More detailed analyses of the Jeroboam, Elijah and Ahab narratives provide a coda to each chapter, with appendices probing the same stories in more detail. While some aspects of Walsh’s schema could do with a little more explanation (such as who the ‘implied author’ and ‘implied reader’ are), and some of the arguments illustrating particular points seem to be reading too much into the text, Walsh is nevertheless a good and insightful, if occasionally repetitive, guide. He ends with a wise reminder to the reader about the nature of his or her responsibility to read critically in order properly to appreciate the craft that has made biblical narratives such compelling reading down the centuries.
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Old Testament Narrative: A Guide to Interpretation by Jerome T. Walsh (Paperback - 1 Feb 2010)
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