The Art of Biblical Narrative
From celebrated translator of the Hebrew Bible Robert Alter, the classic study of the Bible as literature, a winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
Renowned critic and translator Robert Alter's The Art of Biblical Narrative has radically expanded our view of the Bible by recasting it as a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. In this seminal work, Alter describes how the Hebrew Bible's many authors used innovative literary styles and devices such as parallelism, contrastive dialogue, and narrative tempo to tell one of the most revolutionary stories of all time: the revelation of a single God. In so doing, Alter shows, these writers reshaped not only history, but also the art of storytelling itself.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing
Now having just reread my old copy, I realize that Alter has recently put out a revised edition. It would, of course, be interesting to read that, but certainly the original has held up well over ... Read full review
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51. [The Art of Biblical Narrative (Revised and Updated)] by Robert Alter (1981, revised and updated in 2011, 248 pages, read Aug 14 – Sept 11) lilbrattyteen has a spectacular review of this book ... Read full review
2 Sacred History and the Beginnings of Prose Fiction
3 Biblical TypeScenes and the Uses of Convention
4 Between Narration and Dialogue
5 The Techniques of Repetition
6 Characterization and the Art of Reticence
7 Composite Artistry