Biblical Narrative and the Death of the Rhapsode Hardback

by Robert S. Kawashima;


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Biblical Narrative and the Death of the Rhapsode

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Informed by literary theory and Homeric scholarship as well as biblical studies, "Biblical Narrative and the Death of the Rhapsode" sheds new light on the Hebrew Bible and, more generally, on the possibilities of narrative form. Robert S. Kawashima compares the narratives of the Hebrew Bible with Homeric and Ugaritic epic in order to account for the "novelty" of biblical prose narrative. Long before Herodotus or Homer, Israelite writers practiced an innovative narrative art, which anticipated the modern novelist's craft. Though their work is undeniably linked to the linguistic tradition of the Ugaritic narrative poems, there are substantive differences between the bodies of work. Kawashima views biblical narrative as the result of a specifically written verbal art that we should counter-pose to the oral-traditional art of epic. Beyond this strictly historical thesis, the study has theoretical implications for the study of narrative, literature, and oral tradition.

Biblical Narrative and the Death of the Rhapsode by Robert S. Kawashima was published by Indiana University Press in December 2004. The ISBN for Biblical Narrative and the Death of the Rhapsode is 9780253344779.

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Page last updated 4th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherIndiana University Press (December 2004)
Weight658g
Number of Pages272
Thickness29 mm
Height228 mm
Width154 mm
ISBN9780253344779
ISBN-100253344778
Product Code1147943
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