This illuminating study provides a comprehensive examination of the literary aspects of biblical narrative, which comprises over a third of the Hebrew Bible. The attitudes and interjections of the narrator, the shaping of characters, time and space, the structure of the plot and the style are discussed and illustrated, clarifying the issues raised as well as shedding fresh light on the narratives. Dr. Bar-Efrat concludes with a detailed literary analysis on the story of Ammon Tamar.
The arguments in these chapters are well-balanced and lucid; a good rhythm of theory and practice ensures a constant stream of to-the-point observation on style, material, and disposition.
—Jan P. Fkkelman
Shimon Bar-Efrat is Head of Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University Secondary School, Jerusalem.