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Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible

Reading Biblical Narratives

Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible

Yairah Amit (Author)


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Based on a series of lectures given in Israel, Amit introduces the reader to the subtle ways of the biblical narrators. Covering issues of character, plot development, catchword association, narration and dialogue, she brings the biblical text to life, helping the reader enter the stories from new vantage points.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800632809
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 200
  • Publication Date July 20, 2001


"In Reading Biblical Narratives Professor Amit provides an introduction to the subject that is broad in its approach, specific in its illustrations, and always engaging in its presentation. She takes the reader on a delightful journey through a wide range of texts and literary topics. One gets a superb sense of the hows and the whys of biblical storytelling the way one does in a well-designed course: step-by-step, learning technique without too much technicality. The book is ideal for college courses and the general reader. Bible scholars, too, will be interested in Amit's often novel takes on familiar tales."
— Edward L. Greenstein, author of Essays on Biblical Method and Translation

Table of Contents


  1. The Power of Stories
  2. Story Scholars and the Role of the Reader
  3. A Biblical Story alongside Biblical Criticism
  4. Beginnings and Endings
  5. Plot, Structure, and Their Function
  6. Creating Characters with Minimal Means
  7. Whom to Believe?
  8. The Biblical Story and The Use of Time
  9. Place, Story, History
  10. Inherent and Added Significance
  11. The Story and Its Contexts

    Works Cited
    Index of Biblical References