Signs of Jonah by Ehud Ben Zvi
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Signs of Jonah
By Ehud Ben Zvi

Signs of Jonah

Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yahud

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Signs of Jonah by Ehud Ben Zvi

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Ben Zvi starts with the premise that Jonah, like most books, was written to be read. He therefore concentrates on intended and unintended readership(s) of Jonah and the network of messages that they were likely to derive through their reading and rereading. He starts with the historical and social matrix of the production and reading of the book in antiquity and analyses its self-critical approach and its metaprophetic character as a comment on the genre of prophetic books and on prophets. How does the historical fact of Nineveh's destruction actually shape the reading? Or the perception of Jonah as a runaway slave? Ben Zvi demonstrates the malleability of interpretation of the Book of Jonah and its limitations, as attested in different communities of readers. He asks why certain messages are easily accepted by particular historical communities, whereas others are not raised at all.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780826462688
ISBN-10: 0826462685
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group - Sheffie
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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