Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative

Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative

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This classic work on literary criticism by Professor Adele Berlin introduces the reader to the colorful world of poetics (literary conventions) used in the construction of biblical narratives. Her book is divided into 6 parts: Poetics and Interpretation, Character and Characterization, Point of View, Poetics in the Book of Ruth, Poetic Interpretation and Historical-Critical Methods, and The Art of Biblical Narrative.
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.4 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Indiana, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1575060027
  • 9781575060026

Table of contents

PREFACE



I. POETICS AND INTERPRETATION



II. CHARACTER AND CHARACTERIZATION



Character Types



Michal



Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11



Bathsheba and Abishag in 1 Kings 1-2



Abigail



Summary of Character Types



David and His Women



Characterization



Description



Inner Life



Speech and Actions



Contrast



Combining Characterization Techniques



III. POINT OF VIEW



Narrative with Multiple Points of View



The Poetics of Point of View



The Narrator's Voice



Characters' Point of View



1. Naming



2. Inner Life



3. The Term hinneh



4. Circumstantial Clauses



5. Direct Disourse and Narration



6. Alternative Expressions



Combining Points of View



IV. POETICS IN THE BOOK OF RUTH



Characters



Types of Characters



Naming



The Uses of the Word hinneh



Quoting Previously Unreported Speech



The Narrator's Presence



Narrative Structure



1. The Abstract



2. Orientation



3. Complicating Action



4. Evaluation



5. Result or Resolution



6. Coda



V. POETIC INTERPRETATION AND HISTORICAL-CRITICAL METHODS



Source Criticism



Form Criticism



The Gilgamesh Epic



VI. THE ART OF BIBLICAL NARRATIVE



ABBREVIATIONS



NOTES



Notes to Chapter I



Notes to Chapter II



Notes to Chapter III



Notes to Chapter IV



Notes to Chapter V



Notes to Chapter VI



BIBLIOGRAPHY



INDEXES



Index of Biblical Passages



Index of Authors



Index of Subjects
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