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Signs of Jonah : Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yehud.

Author: Ehud Ben Zvi
Publisher: T&T Clark [Imprint] London : Bloomsbury Publishing Inc North York : University of Toronto Press [Distributor] Nov. 2009
Series: Library Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 367.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 9780567222930 0567222934
OCLC Number: 1200515492
Target Audience: Scholarly & Professional
Description: 1 online resource.
Series Title: Library Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 367.



In this new and refreshing approach to the story, Ben Zvi starts with the premise that Jonah, like most books, was written to be read. He therefore concentrates on intended and unintended readership(s) of Jonah and the network of messages that they were likely to derive through their reading and rereading. He starts with the historical and social matrix of the production and reading of the book in antiquity, analyzes its self-critical approach and its metaprophetic character as a comment on the genre of prophetic books and on prophets. How does the historical fact of Nineveh's destruction acually shape the reading? Or the perception of Jonah as a runaway slave?Ben Zvi demonstrates the malleability of interpretation of the Book of Jonah and its limitations, as attested in different communities of readers. He asks why certain messages are easily accepted by particular historical communities, whereas others are not raised at all.


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