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Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative
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Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative


Eisenbrauns 1994

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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.

Key Features

  • Introduces the literary conventions used in biblical narratives
  • Presents guidelines for reading and understanding the Bible poetically
  • Includes a study of poetics in the book of Ruth


  • Poetics and Interpretation
  • Character and Characterization
  • Point of View
  • Poetics in the Book of Ruth
  • Poetic Interpretation and Historical-Critical Methods
  • the Art of Biblical Narrative

Praise for the Print Edition

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

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About Adele Berlin

Adele Berlin is the author of Esther in the JPS Bible Commentary, The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism, and The Anchor Yale Bible: Zephaniah. She is professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern literature at the University of Maryland at College Park, and is highly regarded for her literary analysis of biblical and cognate literature.

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