Reading the Bible As Literature An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0745635083

ISBN-13: 9780745635088

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jeanie C. Crain
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Description: Reading the Bible as Literature provides the ideal entry-point to the process of reading, understanding, and assessing what many recognize to be the important and powerful literature of the Bible. Such reading holds potential for helping students understand literature generally and the Bible in itself. The book introduces the tools of literary analysis, including: language and style, the formal structures of genre (narrative, drama, and poetry), character study, and thematic analysis. The overall organizational structure of the book proceeds incrementally from basic literary elements to higher units of form. Each chapter includes an outline, preliminary considerations that provide background and insight into scholarly debates, and an explanation of the literary qualities of the primary text through specific examples, exercises, and directions for further study. The book emphasizes the act of reading itself, focusing upon the whole text as it exists in its current form. It invites an experiential entering into and reliving of the Biblersquo;s stories, encourages analytical and holistic reading, explores multiple interpretations, and embraces a power of language originating in the mythological, metaphorical, and symbolic. Above all, the book seeks to return the Bible to the common reader and to build in that reader an appreciation for a collection of ancient, literary texts often trivialized by competing theologies or marginalized by a relentless insistence upon fact, science, and history.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 7/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Preface
Reading the Bible as Literature: A Way of Understanding
Style, Tone, and Rhetorical Strategy: A Way of Using Language
Image, Metaphor, Symbol, and Archetype: A Way of Meaning
Major Genres: A Way of Seeing
Sub-Genres: A Way of Clarifying and Mapping
Character: A Way of Identifying
Themes and Motifs: A Way of Unifying
Conclusion
Glossary
Notes
Index
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