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Rhetoric and Hermeneutics: Approaches to Text, Tradition and Social Construction in Biblical and Second Temple Literature
Newsom, Carol A.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. xx + 382. $209.99

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 130

Description: This collection of essays by Carol A. Newsom explores the indispensable role that rhetoric and hermeneutics play in the production and reception of biblical and Second Temple literature. Some of the essays are methodological and programmatic, while others provide extended case studies. Because rhetoric is, as Kenneth Burke put it, »a strategy for encompassing a situation,« the analysis of rhetoric illumines the ways in which texts engage particular historical moments, shape and reshape communities, and even construct new models of self and agency. The essays in this book not only explore how ancient texts hermeneutically engage existing traditions but also how they themselves have become the objects of hermeneutical transformation in contexts ranging from ancient sectarian Judaism to the politics of post-World War I and II Germany and America to modern film criticism and feminist re-reading.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, Archaeology, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics, Rhetorical Criticism, Ideological Critique, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Malka Simkovich
Published 6/18/2020
Citation: Malka Simkovich, review of Carol A. Newsom, Rhetoric and Hermeneutics: Approaches to Text, Tradition and Social Construction in Biblical and Second Temple Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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