Signs of Weakness Hardback

Juxtaposing Irish Tales and the Bible

by Varese Layzer;


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Signs of Weakness

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A comparison of three Biblical heroes with three heroes of early Irish literature, using themes of weakness and strength, gender and power, frailty and ambiguity. Are early Irish stories influenced by the Bible or transcriptions of pre-Christian Celtic lore? Layzer explores the practical and theoretical difficulties of determining 'influence' in ancient writing, and the relationship between the oral and the written, literacy and literature and the disciplines of Irish Studies and Biblical Studies. This fascinating comparative study matches Samson, Jonah and Esther with three Irish heroes for similarities in theme and treatment. Among the features explored are weakness and heroic strength, gender and power, frailty and ambiguity. The sexy, counterintuitive characters of the Irish stories throw a wonderful light on the techniques of ancient Hebrew narrative.

Signs of Weakness by Varese Layzer was published by Continuum in March 2001. The ISBN for Signs of Weakness is 9781841271729.

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Page last updated 9th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (March 2001)
Weight529g
Number of Pages250
Thickness15 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781841271729
ISBN-101841271721
Product Code1180965
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