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Biblical Text and Texture

A Literary Reading of Selected Texts

Michael A. Fishbane


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The bible remains one of the major literary achievements of human history, comprising over 60 documents, with as many contributors, and composed over many centuries. In this book, Michael Fishbane approaches the "Hebrew Bible" from a literary point of view. He demonstrates how, just as orators use particular techniques, such as repetition and pause to convey their message in the way that they require, the "Hebrew Bible" authors used a range of literary devices to communicate a religious message applicable to particular historical moments, each with their own political, moral and theological contexts.

Praise For Biblical Text and Texture: A Literary Reading of Selected Texts

"very readable and instructive introduction to a literary reading of scripture."
— Epworth Review

"a useful contribution to the study of the Bible as literature."
— Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

"this volume still retains its freshness"
— Theological Book Review

"there are stunning insights clearly presented"
— World Faiths Encounter

"A beautifully written little volume containing … sensitivity to language, spiritual insight, and passionate faith." John G. Gamie
— Interpretation

"Highly Recommended"
— Karen Armstrong - Author of the international bestseller, A History of God

Oneworld Publications, 9781851681518, 172pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1998

About the Author

Michael Fishbane is Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, and Chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies. He has authored and edited more than fifteen books.