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Form Criticism of the Old Testament

Author: 
Gene M. Tucker (Author)
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Description

Because of its long oral tradition the Old Testament includes an array of different literary types and compositions. Analysis of these genres in the biblical material is known as form criticism. Gene Tucker draws on contemporary speech patterns to illustrate how the scholar pinpoints various categories or genres. The basic principles of form criticism are outlined and many biblical examples given. The story of Jacob's struggle at the Jabbok and the prophetic literature are treated in detail. While form criticism does not solve all the interpreter's problems, it forms an essential tool for exegesis and for recovering the living history of Old Testament literature.
ISBN: 
9780800601775
Price: 
$14.00
Release date: 
September 1, 1971
Pages: 
96
Width: 
8.50
Height: 
5.50

Table of Contents

Preface

I. The Form Critical Method
The Beginning of Old Testament Form Criticism
Basic Principles and Aims of Form Criticism
The Methods of Old Testament Form Criticism
Form Criticism and Other Old Testament Disciplines

II Form Criticism at Work:
Some Representative Genres and Texts
Narrative Genres
Myths and Folktales
Saga
History
Legend and Novelette
An Example:
Jacob's Struggle at the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22-32)

Prophetic Literature
Gunkel's Contributions
A General View
Messenger Speech
The Prophetic Word as Announcement
Other Genres
Setting
Some Examples

Epilogue

Bibliography