The Literary Guide to the Bible

Offers guidance for reading and studying each book of the Old and New Testament.

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Author: Robert Alter

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674875311

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 678

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Offers guidance for reading and studying each book of the Old and New Testament.

The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible

This collection of essays addresses both specific books of the Bible and general topics dealing with the Bible.

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Author: Leland Ryken

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310877424

Category: Religion

Page: 528

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The EditorsLeland Ryken Wheaton College (Illinois) Tremper Longman III Westminster Theological Seminary The Authors Fredrick Buechner Novelist John Sailhamer Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Wilson G. Baroody (deceased) Arizona State UniversityWilliam F. Gentrup Arizona State UniversityKenneth R.R. Gros Louis Indiana University Willard Van Antwerpen Indiana University Nancy Tischler The Pennsylvania State University V. Philips Long Covenant Theological Seminary Michael Hagan North American Baptist Seminary Richard L. Pratt, Jr. Reformed Theological Seminary Douglas Green Yale University Wilma McClarty Southern College Jerry A. Gladson First Christian Church, Garden Grove, California Raymond C. Van Leeouwen Calvin Theological Seminary G. Lloyd Carr Gordon College Richard Patterson Liberty University James H. Sims The University of Southern Mississippi Branson L. Woodard, Jr. Liberty University Amberys R. Whittle Georgia Southern University John H. Augustine Yale University Michael Travers Grand Rapids Baptist College Marianne Meye Thompson Fuller Theological Seminary John W. Sider Westmont College Carey C. Newman Palm Beach Atlantic CollegeWilliam G. Doty The University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa Chaim Potak Novelist Gene Warren Doty University of Missouri-Rolla Sidney Greidanus Calvin Theological Seminary

Dictionary of Biblical Imagery

They excel in describing the climate, borders and location of Galilee or Sinai. But they are often blind to the artistic expressions and deaf to the musical meanings that echo from within the world of the biblical text.

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Author: Leland Ryken

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830867332

Category: Religion

Page: 1079

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A Christianity Today 1999 Book of the Year! Every reader of the Bible has encountered the powerful, comforting and sometimes puzzling imagery of Scripture. These concrete pictures with their hidden force have struck sharp and lasting impressions on our minds. Their imprint has etched itself on the language and grammar of Christian faith and Western culture. Why then do traditional Bible dictionaries and reference works offer so little help to explorers of the Bible's galaxy of verbal pictures? They excel in describing the climate, borders and location of Galilee or Sinai. But they are often blind to the artistic expressions and deaf to the musical meanings that echo from within the world of the biblical text. The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is the first contemporary reference work dedicated to exploring the images, symbols, motifs, metaphors and literary patterns found in the Bible. More than that, it examines the Bible's universal archetypes or master images--including the plot motifs and character types that recur throughout life, literature and the Bible. This unique dictionary explores the dazzling variety in which the Word of God comes dressed in clothes of everyday life. It traces the trail of images from Eden to the New Jerusalem. It captures the plotted patterns of biblical narrative. It surveys the imaged texture of each book of the Bible. In short, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery is an inviting, enlightening and indispensable companion to the reading, study, contemplation and enjoyment of the Bible.

The Bible and the Literary Critic

1 George Steiner and The Literary Guide to the Bible In reviewing Frank
Kermode's book , The Genesis of Secrecy , I observe that the canonical texts
might well blunt the tools of the literary critic . But I conclude that whatever his
own premises ...

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Author: Amos N. Wilder

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725233546

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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This last of Amos Wilder's published works in the field of religion and literature collects twelve previously published or unpublished essays written, with a single exception, in the 1980s. Found here is the record of his views of postmodernism and the work of such contemporary figures as Paul Ricoeur, George Steiner, Frank Kermode, and the late Norman Perrin. As background, Wilder also includes two pieces that fill in the story of his own encounter with biblical scholarship dating back to meeting Albert Schweitzer at Oxford in 1922. In 1961 John Dominic Crossan authored Wilder's intellectual biography for the Society of Biblical Literature's series on biblical scholarship in North America (A Fragile Craft: The Work of Amos Niven Wilder). The chapter "Wilder on Crossan on Wilder" offers an enticing dividend of this overview of New Testament studies in the twentieth century by a scholar whose active career spanned more than six decades.

Cracking Old Testament Codes

A guide to the various kinds of literature in the Old Testament-narrative, history, law, oracles, and more-and how to interpret them. Contributors include Eugene Merrill, Walt Kaiser, and Tremper Longman, III.

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Author: D. Brent Sandy

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781433670695

Category: Religion

Page: 323

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A guide to the various kinds of literature in the Old Testament-narrative, history, law, oracles, and more-and how to interpret them. Contributors include Eugene Merrill, Walt Kaiser, and Tremper Longman, III.

Literary Study of the Bible

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins has taught Literary Study of the Bible for 25 years, over which time he has field-tested the many lenses—of genre, image, language, characterization, plot, and craft—used throughout this book.

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Author: Christopher Hodgkins

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781444334951

Category: Religion

Page: 496

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The most comprehensive and accessible introduction to scriptural art yet written Literary Study of the Bible: An Introduction approaches each book of the Bible (including several of the apocrypha) with non-sectarian literary questions, exploring the meanings that the Bible reveals when we read it like a poem, narrative, or play. As a unique hybrid of introductory guide, essential handbook, historical survey, and absorbing commentary, this book fills a gap in literary Bible study with its fresh perspectives on the biblical writers’ many arts. Readers will engage in wide range of textual approaches and interpretive traditions through this broadly informed, accessibly written text. Dr. Christopher Hodgkins has taught Literary Study of the Bible for 25 years, over which time he has field-tested the many lenses—of genre, image, language, characterization, plot, and craft—used throughout this book. Tracing the sources, composition, and influences of the Biblical text, this book places the Bible in a tradition of ancient near eastern, Hebrew, and Hellenistic literary art, giving new depth to the way we understand the familiar stories of scripture. Unlike other literary introductions to the Bible, this book uniquely combines these elements: Approaches the Bible as a richly collaborative and coherent work of literary art, exploring how earlier books influence the creation and interpretation of later ones Provides illuminating commentary supplemented by explanatory textboxes, maps, illustrations, and study questions to enhance interest and expand learning Introduces poetic and narrative devices like doubling, juxtaposition, and irony within the context of scriptural art and editorial design Gives extensive attention to each biblical book, resulting in the most comprehensive introduction to literary Bible study to date Presents these materials through an accessible and lively text permeated with references to both high and popular culture Literary Study of the Bible will be a welcome addition to personal, school, college, and congregational libraries, as well as an excellent text for students of the Bible in both secular and faith-based settings.

Mappings of the Biblical Terrain

The Bible as Text Professor of English John Maier Vincent L. Tollers, John R.
Maier ... by Terence Collins , Stephen Geller , M . O ' Connor , Adele Berlin ,
James Kugel , Robert Alter , and in the recently released Literary Guide to the
Bible .

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Author: Professor of English John Maier

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838751725

Category: Religion

Page: 372

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Twenty-five international biblical scholars and literary theorists apply the methods of literary criticism, semantics, social criticism, theology, narratology, and gender studies to the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, New connections between Judaism and Christianity are suggested.

The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocryphal Deuterocanonical Books

Alter and Kermode later collaborated to edit The Literary Guide to the Bible. This
literary approach differed from historical study in significant ways. Whereas
historical study tended to be concerned with the prehistory of the text (oral
traditions ...

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Author: Michael David Coogan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195288803

Category: Bibles

Page: 2398

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Presents the complete text of the New Revised Standard Version Bible, with the Aprocryphal/Deuterocanonical books; and features annotations in a single column across the page bottom, in-text background essays on the major divisions of the biblical text, and other reference tools.

Scripture the Soul of Theology

The new literary approach to the Bible seeks to treat it as one does other
masterpieces of world literature, regarding the biblical text as an ... The Literary
Guide to the Bible (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, Harvard University, 1987).
When one ...

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Author: Joseph A. Fitzmyer

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809135094

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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"New Tent Architecture is the first major publication to look at the exciting possibilities of contemporary tensile building and the most interesting membrane structures created in recent years. This wide-ranging international survey begins with a substantial architectural and cultural history of the tent, considering its origins, meaning and ecological elegance. The core of the book features thirty recent projects, grouped by theme (atrium covers and fabric walls, ring roofs and convertibles, small peaks, large waves) and presented extensively through accessible text descriptions, photographs and line drawings." "At the forefront of current architectural practice and offering countless lessons for an increasingly environmentally aware profession, New Tent Architecture will be of widespread appeal and use to architecture and design professionals, engineers and students worldwide."--BOOK JACKET.

That s in the Bible

The World of Biblical Literature. New York: Basic Books, 1992. Our foremost
literary critic on the Hebrew Bible. Alter, Robert, and Frank Kermode, eds. The
Literary Guide to the Bible. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987. A
collection of ...

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Author: Wick Allison

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 9780307574046

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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This engaging, easy-to-use, and fun guide to learning more about the Bible features hundreds of questions and detailed, frequently surprising answers organized in the form of the Good Book itself. It is filled with cultural, historical, literary, and theological facts that will surprise and inform readers of every denomination.

Literary Structures of Religious Meaning in the Qu ran

It is not to be compared with such books as The Literary Guide to the Bible edited
by Robert Alter and Frank Kermode.2 This latter work, for one thing, set out to
offer studies of the books of the Bible contained in the Old Testament and the
New ...

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Author: Issa J Boullata

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136117145

Category: Social Science

Page: 393

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This volume studies how the literary elements in the Qur'an function in conveying its religious message effectively. It is divided into three parts. Part one includes studies of the whole Qur'an or large segments of it belonging to one historical period of its revelation; these studies concentrate on the analysis of its language, its style, its structural composition, its aesthetic characteristics, its rhetorical devices, its imagery, and the impact of these elements and their significance. Part two includes studies on individual suras of the Qur'an, each of which focuses on the sura's literary elements and how they produce meaning; each also explores the structure of this meaning and the coherence of its effect. Part three includes studies on Muslim appreciations of the literary aspects of the Qur'an in past generations and shows how modern linguistic, semantic, semiotic, and literary scholarship can add to their contributions.

Reading the Bible as Literature

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.

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Author: Jeanie C. Crain

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745635071

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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"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 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 Bible'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." -- Back cover.

Esther

Extensive survey of the archaeological and historical evidence from the Persian
period of relevance to the biblical texts. Literary Structure and Characteristics
Berg, Sandra Beth. ... Pp. 216–29 in AComplete Literary Guide to the Bible. L.
Ryken ...

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Author: Karen H. Jobes

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310872146

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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This biblical narrative tells today's Christians about God without actually mentioning him.

Studies in the Book of Genesis

SUBSCRIPTS TO CREATION A FEW EXEGETICAL COMMENTS ON THE
LITERARY DEVICE OF REPETITION IN GEN 1-11 INTRODUCTION A number of
the events recorded in the earlier ... The Literary Guide to the Bible , London ,
1989 ...

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Author: André Wénin

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 904290934X

Category: Religion

Page: 651

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"Articles ... présentés lors du 48e Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense organisé à Louvain les 28, 29 et 30 juillet 1999..."--Pref.

The World Of Biblical Literature

Discusses the implications involved in studying the Bible as a literary text, comments on the new wave of literary biblical studies, and reexamines the verses that have dictated an entire culture

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Author: Robert Alter

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:49015001374835

Category: Religion

Page: 225

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Discusses the implications involved in studying the Bible as a literary text, comments on the new wave of literary biblical studies, and reexamines the verses that have dictated an entire culture

Dangerous Worlds

The Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design. Philadelphia: ...
Edward Edinger, The Bible and the Psyche: Individuation Symbolism in the Old
Testament. Toronto: Inner City ... In The Literary Guide to the Bible, ed. Robert
Alter ...

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Author: Mark Harold McEntire

Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1573124338

Category: Religion

Page: 152

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The narrative books of the Bible are dominated by the themes of violence and death. In his newly released work, author and biblical scholar Mark McEntire examines the messy stories of life and death found in the Bible. From gentle death at a good, old age to starvation to brutal murder, death appears in its many forms in these biblical worlds. Through the stories, we are invited to move back and forth between our own stories and those of the Bible, as McEntire writes, ?so that we might live and die faithfully in the dangerous world they form together.? As we live and die in our own dangerous world, the stories of life and death we encounter in the Bible offer us resources for understanding the most difficult aspect of our existence.

Reading the Bible Wisely

The Literary Guide to the Bible. London: Collins, 1987. Athas, George. The Tel
Dan Inscription: A Reappraisal and a New Interpretation. Journal for the Study of
the Old Testament Supplement Series 360. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 2003.

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Author: Richard S. Briggs

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621891956

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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What does it mean to take the Bible seriously? This introductory book explores how Scripture itself gives us the resources to read it wisely. First, it looks at the basic questions of reading in context--historical, literary, and theological--and understanding the significance of the two-testament structure of the Christian Bible. Then it looks at how the Bible can itself contribute to shaping a wise doctrine of Scripture. Finally, it considers some of the many hermeneutical perspectives that contribute to reading the Bible wisely. New to this revised edition are chapters addressing the significance of the Old Testament, the performative function of Scripture, and how reading Scripture actually helps form the reader. The aim throughout is to explore key questions critical to the task of reading the Bible generously, constructively, and in a comprehensible way, without oversimplifying core theological issues.

The Old Testament

2 See R. Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (London and Sydney, 1 98 1 ); R. Alter
and F. Kermode, The Literary Guide to the Bible (London, 1987); M. Sternberg,
The Poetics of Biblical Narrative: Ideological Literature and the Drama of ...

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Author: John Barton

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754654516

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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This collection of John Barton's work engages with current concern over the biblical canon, in both historical and theological aspects; with literary reading of the Bible and current literary theory as it bears on biblical studies; and with the theological reading and use of the biblical text. John Barton's distinctive writing reflects a commitment to a 'liberal' approach to the Bible, which places a high value on traditional biblical criticism and also seeks to show how evocative and full of insight the biblical texts are and how they can contribute to modern theological concerns. This invaluable selection of published writings by one of the leading authorities on biblical text and canon, also includes new essays and editorial introductions from the author.

The Gospels

This knowledge is not simply knowledge of facts which can be determined from
the biblical narrative and discourses, ... The Literary Guide to the Bible; Augustine
, On Christian Doctrine; G. B. Caird, The Language and Imagery of the Bible; ...

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Author: Watson E. Mills

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0865545111

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Volume 6 of the Mercer Commentary on the Bible includes commentaries on all four canonical gospels plus several appropriate articles from the Mercer Dictionary of the Bible. This convenient text is for the classroom and for anyone who wishes to focus on the study of the canonical gospels. Other volumes in the series focus on other appropriate groups of canonical writings (the Prophets, Letters of Paul, etc.). Each volume includes MCB commentaries and appropriate introductory articles from MDB.