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The Poetics of Biblical Narrative

by Bowman, Jim A Sternberg, Meir

  • ISBN: 9780253204530
  • ISBN10: 0253204534

The Poetics of Biblical Narrative

by Bowman, Jim A Sternberg, Meir

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/1985
  • ISBN: 9780253204530
  • ISBN10: 0253204534
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Description: Preface 1. Literary Text, Literary Approach: Getting the Questions Straight Discourse and Source Fiction and History Form and Doctrine The Drama of Reading 2. Narrative Models 3. Ideology of Narration and Narration of Ideology Omniscience Charged and Monopolized: The Epistemological Revolution The Omnipotence Effect: Control Claimed and Disclaimed 4. Viewpoints and Interpretations Point of View and Its Biblical Configuration The Wooing of Rebekah Positions and Discrepancies Established The Movement form Divergence to Convergence of Perspectives New Tensions and Final Resolution 5. The Play of Perspectives Narrator vs. God Narrator and Reader vs. God and Characters Spheres of Communication Three Reading Positions From Plot to Perspective From Ignorance to Knowledge Privilege and Performance 6. Gaps, Ambiquity and the Reading Process The Literary Work as a System of Gaps The Story of David and Bathsheba: On the Narrator's Reticence and Omissions The Ironic Exposition What Is the King Doing in the City? Uriah the Hittite Recalled to Jerusalem Does Uriah Know about His Wife's Doings? The Twofold Hypothesis What Does David Think That Uriah Thinks? The Three-Way Hypothesis How Joab Fails to Carry Out David's Order The Analogy to the Story of Abimelech and the Woman On Mutually Exclusive Systems of Gap-Filling: Turning the Screws of Henry James and Others 7. Between the Truth and the Whole Truth Foolproof Composition in Ambiguity The Relevance of Absence Temporary and Permanent Gapping The Echoing Interrogative Opposition in Juxtaposition Coherence Threatened and Fortified Norms and Their Violations From Gapping to Closure: The Functions of Ambiguity 8. Temporal Discontinuity, Narrative Interest, and the Emergence of Meaning Suspense and the Dynamics of Prospection The Pros and Cons of Suspense in the Bible Mo
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