The Art of Biblical Narrative


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Since it was first published nearly three decades ago, The Art of Biblical Narrative has radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. Renowned critic and translator Robert Alter presents the Hebrew Bible as a cohesive literary work, one whose many authors used innovative devices such as parallelism, contrastive dialogue, and narrative tempo to tell one of the most revolutionary stories of human history: the revelation of a single god.

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Jun 21, 2007


Alter does a very good job, by close-reading he shows that the Bible is superbly well-written, its authors use suspense and other techniques to achieve their literary aims, it is by no means primitive writing. Highly recommend to believers and atheists alike.

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