Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales Hardback

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Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales

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Readers of all persuasions, even secular academics, have a tendency to privilege simple, 'faith-deepening' interpretations over complex, unsettling, readings. The more fraught the issue, the more often we find in the history of interpretation that a simple reading has been generated that masks its complexity.

Longing for Egypt and Other Tales of the Unexpected explores seven cases of textual complexity masked by simple readings. One chapter uncovers a counter-intuitive longing for Egypt alongside the Exodus account of liberation from persecution. Another shows how what appears to be a critical attitude in the Bible towards other gods may reflect inner-Israelite tensions rather than some principled antipathy toward others. Yet another confronts the praise of God as a perfect king with the use of the language of divine kingship as a vehicle for constructive criticism.

All seven chapters share a focus on the formation of identity. Arguably the Bible's most sensitive subject, for its authors and for present-day readers, this topic has generated a host of simple readings that conceal immense complexity.

Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales by Diana Lipton was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in August 2008 and is our 52271st best seller. The ISBN for Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales is 9781906055141.

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Page last updated 9th December 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press (August 2008)
Weight597g
Number of Pages300
Thickness17 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781906055141
ISBN-101906055149
Product Code1187845
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