Modern techniques of literary criticism, combined with a deep love of the Bible, have been employed by Jacob Licht in this profound and original work. In six chapters and an epilogue, the author analyzes the aesthetic means by which the narrators achieved their ends. He shows us mimesis in the story of Saul and the witch of En-Dor. He shows how intense emotion led up to and conveyed as David hears the news of Absalom’s death. He uses the story of the floating Axehead (2 Kings 6: 1–7) to demonstrate the way the narrator creates scenes (and invites the reader to stage it as a play in his head). The author allows the Old Testament narrative to speak for itself. In the author’s own comments, there is an arresting freshness combined with a vigor that enlivens the scholarship that illuminates the book.
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- Preface by the author
- Bibliographical references and index
- Title: Storytelling in the Bible
- Author: Jacob Licht
- Publisher: Magnes Press
- Publication Date: 1985
- Pages: 154
About Jacob Licht
Jacob Shalom Licht was a lecturer at Tel Aviv University. For many years he served as a member of the editorial board of the Hebrew Biblical Encyclopaedia. He was a leading expert on Qumran studies since its inception. His interests included biblical and post-biblical theology, the beginnings of halach and literature.