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‘I Lifted My Eyes and Saw’: Reading Dream and Vision Reports in the Hebrew Bible
Hayes, Elizabeth R. and Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2014 pp. xvii + 253. $120.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 584


Description: This volume addresses the function and impact of vision and dream accounts in the Hebrew Bible. The contributors explore the exegetical, rhetorical, and structural aspects of the vision and dream accounts in the Hebrew Bible, focusing on prophetic vision reports. Several contributors employ a diachronic approach as they explore the textual relationship between the vision reports and the oracular material. Others focus on the rhetorical aspects of the vision reports in their final form and discuss why vision reporting may be used to convey a message. Another approach employed looks at reception history and investigates how this type of text has been understood by past exegetes. A few chapters consider the inter-textual relationship of the various vision reports in the Hebrew Bible, focusing on shared themes and motifs. There are also papers that deal with the ways in which select texts in the Hebrew Bible portray dream/vision interpreters and their activities.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Greg Carey
Published 2/8/2016
Citation: Greg Carey, review of Elizabeth R. Hayes and Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, eds., ‘I Lifted My Eyes and Saw’: Reading Dream and Vision Reports in the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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