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The Poetics of Biblical Narrative
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"This... is a brilliant work." —Choice

"[Sternberg] has written a very important book, both for his comprehensiveness and for the clearly-avowed faith stance from which he understands and interprets the strategies of the biblical narratives.... a superb overview... " —Theological Studies

"... rated very highly indeed. It is a book to read and then reread." —Modern Language Review

"... Sternberg has accomplished an enormous task, enriching our understanding of the theoretical basis of biblical narrative and giving us insight into a remarkable number of particular texts." —Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"... an important book for those who seek to take the Bible seriously as a literary work because it shows, more clearly and emphatically than any book I know, that the Bible is a serious literary work—a text manifesting a highly sophisticated and successful narrative poetics." —Adele Berlin, Prooftexts

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Literary Text, Literary Approach: Getting the Questions Straight
  2. pp. 1-57
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  1. 2. Narrative Models
  2. pp. 58-83
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  1. 3. Ideology of Narration and Narration of Ideology
  2. pp. 84-128
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  1. 4. Viewpoints and Interpretations
  2. pp. 129-152
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  1. 5. The Play of Perspectives
  2. pp. 153-185
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  1. 6. Gaps, Ambiguity and the Reading Process
  2. pp. 186-229
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  1. 7. Between the Truth and the Whole Truth
  2. pp. 230-263
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  1. 8. Temporal Discontinuity, Narrative Interest, and the Emergence of Meaning
  2. pp. 264-320
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  1. 9. Proleptic Portraits
  2. pp. 321-341
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  1. 10. Going from Surface to Depth
  2. pp. 342-364
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  1. 11. The Structure of Repetition: Strategies of Informational Redundancy
  2. pp. 365-440
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  1. 12. The Art of Persuasion
  2. pp. 441-481
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  1. 13. Ideology, Rhetoric, Poetics
  2. pp. 482-515
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 516-540
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 541-580
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