Narrative analogy in the Hebrew Bible : battle stories and their equivalent non-battle narratives / by Joshua A. Berman
- Berman, Joshua, 1964-
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004.
- Physical Description:
- xii, 244 pages ; 25 cm.
- Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 0083-5889 ; v. 103
- Introduction: narrative analogy and the metaphor plot -- Second battle as Ha-Ai (Josh 8:1-29) and the trial of Achan (Josh 7:10-26) -- Battle against Benjamin (Judg 20:40-48) and the rape of the concubine (Judg 19:22-27) -- Appointment of Jephthah as commander in chief (Judg 10:17-11:11) and the reproach of the people by God (Judg 10:6-16) -- Two days of feasting (Esth 5:1-8) and two days of fighting (Esth 9:1-16) in the book of Esther -- Battle at Baal Perazim (1 Chr 14:8-12) and the account of Perez Uzzah (1 Chr 13:1-14) -- Battle at Ramoth Gilead (2 Chr 18:28-19:3) and the pre-battle deliberations of Ahab and Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 18:1-27) -- Conclusions: battle report and narrative analogy in light of the present study.
- "This volume sheds fresh light upon the phenomenon of narrative doubling in the Hebrew Bible. Through an interdisciplinary model the author defines the notion of narrative analogy in relation to other literatures where it has been studied, such as English Renaissance drama, and makes extensive critical use of contemporary literary theory, particularly that of the Russian formalist Vladimir Propp. His exploitation of narrative doubling, with a focus upon the metaphorical, reorients our reading by uncovering a major dynamic in biblical literature." "The author examines several battle reports and demonstrates how each could be interpreted as an oblique commentary and metaphor for the non-battle account that immediately precedes it. Battle scenes are revealed to stand in metaphoric analogy with, among others, accounts of a trial, a rape, a drinking feast, and a court-deliberation." --Book Jacket.
- 9004131191 (alk. paper)
9789004131194 (alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -232) and indexes.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the David and Mona Joffe Libraries Program Endowment in Jewish Studies; 2012
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