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Toward a grammar of biblical poetics : tales of the prophets

Author: Herbert Chanan Brichto
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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Are the narratives in the Bible essentially history or fiction? How were they intended by the biblical writers? Fundamental religionists and modern scholarship agree in attributing a literal or historiographical intent to the authors. The incredible elements in the stories are accepted by the former on the basis of faith in the divinely-revealed text; by scholars, they are explained as the results of differing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert Chanan Brichto
ISBN: 0195069110 9780195069112
OCLC Number: 23650150
Description: xv, 298 pages : map ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: On poetics --
1. Introduction --
Foci of literary analysis --
Categories of interpretation: Narrative genre --
Factors in interpretation: Metaliterary conventions --
Figures of speech --
2. Preface to the exegetical essays --
Part II: Exegetical essays: Tales of the prophets --
3. "And much cattle": YHWH's last words to a reluctant prophet --
4. The worship of the golden calf: Exemplar of biblical idolatry --
5. Tales of Elijah --
6. The prophets of Ahab's wars --
7. Tales of Elisha and others --
8. Poetical resume: Signs literal and metaphoric, prescribed and proscribed --
9. Retrospect and prospect.
Responsibility: Herbert Chanan Brichto.
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Are the narratives in the Bible essentially history or fiction? How were they intended by the biblical writers? Fundamental religionists and modern scholarship agree in attributing a literal or historiographical intent to the authors. The incredible elements in the stories are accepted by the former on the basis of faith in the divinely-revealed text; by scholars, they are explained as the results of differing traditions from different times combined into a badly edited pastiche. This study applies the methods of contemporary literary criticism to make a case for these narratives as ideological fiction crafted with consummate artistry. Brichto explains the compositional techniques and concerns with which all authors grapple and applies these "poetic elements" to numerous stories featuring the prophets Moses, Jeremiah, Jonah, Elijah, and Elisha.

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