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Bibil Identifier bibil:233010
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) "Literary" Craft and Performative Power in the Ancient Near East: The Hebrew Bible in Context
Author Noegel, Scott B.
Edited book Approaches to Literary Readings of Ancient Jewish Writings
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 19-38 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Biblical scholars have done a great deal to advance our appreciation of the literary
sophistication of biblical texts. Biblical commentaries and a host of other
publications now regularly draw our attention to a multitude of textual devices
that operate on micro- and macro-levels such as punning, allusion, inclusio, chiasm,
repetition, and ring structure, to name just a few. While such research has
at times emphasized literary similarities at the expense of cultural diffferences,
it nonetheless has removed the study of the Hebrew Bible from its relative literary
isolation. The combined influence of these factors has allowed scholars to
speak about biblical texts on par with Homer, Beowulf, Shakespeare, and other
great works of literature. In this essay, I shall argue that while such literary and
comparative approaches have helped us to appreciate more fully the repertoire
of technical devices employed by the Israelite writers, in the main, they have not
helped us to understand their functions. In particular, I shall argue that a comparative
examination of the social context for textual production in the ancient
Near East suggests that we should think of biblical literary devices not as stylistic
embellishments, but as performative devices of perceived power.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Literature
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : Socio-historical Criticism
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