Narrative Analogy in the Hebrew Bible

Narrative Analogy in the Hebrew Bible : Battle Stories and Their Equivalent Non-Battle Narratives

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This volume sheds fresh light upon the phenomenon of narrative doubling in the Hebrew Bible. Through an innovative interdisciplinary model the author defines the notion of narrative analogy in relation to other literatures where it has been studied such as English Renaissance drama and makes extensive critical use of contemporary literary theory, particularly that of the Russian formalist Vladimir Propp. His exploitation of narrative doubling, with a focus upon the metaphorical, reorients our reading by uncovering a major dynamic in biblical literature. The author examines several battle reports and demonstrates how each could be interpreted as an oblique commentary and metaphor for the non-battle account that immediately precedes it. Battle scenes are revealed to stand in metaphoric analogy with, among others, accounts of a trial, a rape, a drinking feast, and a court-deliberation.

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  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 160 x 246.4 x 22.9mm | 612.36g
  • Brill
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • 9004131191
  • 9789004131194

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About Joshua A. Berman

Joshua A. Berman Ph.D. (2002) is a Lecturer in the Department of Bible at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His scholarly focuses are upon the literary analysis of biblical narrative with a penchant for interdisciplinary approaches to the biblical text. He has published several articles and is also the author of The Temple: Its Symbolism and Meaning Then and Now (Jason Aronson, 1995).

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