In this classic work on literary criticism, Professor Adele Berlin introduces the colorful world of literary conventions used in biblical narratives. Berlin presents some fundamental guidelines for the sensitive reading and understanding of biblical narratives. Explaining the basics of poetics, she covers the how of the Bible, so readers can better understand what a particular text means. Berlin discusses biblical characterization and point of view, and explains how historical-critical methods use poetic interpretation. She also includes a case study examining the book of Ruth.
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Check out more work from Adele Berlin on the literary structure of the Bible in The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism.
Adele Berlin has written one of the very best books on biblical narrative. . . . [She has] an unusual gift of brevity, clarity, and compression . . .
—Religious Studies Review
Much to ponder and argue for the specialist, for nonspecialists a clear and cogent introduction to a central discipline in biblical studies.
—Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
Both specialist and nonspecialist will benefit from this fine study.
—The Bible Today