Description: Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives introduces readers to narrative traditions of the Old Testament and to methods of interpreting them. Part of the Essentials of Biblical Studies series, this volume presents readers with an overview of exegesis by mainly focusing on a self-contained narrative to be read alongside the text. Through sustained interaction with the book of Ruth, readers have opportunities to engage a biblical book from multiple perspectives, while taking note of the wider implications of such perspectives for other biblical narratives. Other select texts from Hebrew Bible narratives, related by theme or content to matters in Ruth, are also examined, not only to assist in illustrating this method of approach, but also to offer reinforcement of reading skills and connections among different narrative traditions. Considering literary analysis, words and texts in context, and reception history, this brief introduction gives students an overview of how exegesis illuminates stories in the Bible.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Historical Books, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism
Review by Mary E. Mills
Citation: Mary E. Mills, review of J. Andrew Dearman, Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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