Signs of Jonah
Reading and Rereading in Ancient Yahud
By (author) Ehud Ben Zvi
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Signs of Jonah by Ehud Ben Zvi
Book DescriptionBen 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 DetailsISBN: 9780826462688
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group - Sheffie
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ehud Ben Zvi
Imagining the Other and Constructing Israelite Identity in the Early Second Temple Period, Paperback (March 2016)
Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods, Hardback (August 2013)
Social memory studies offer an under-utilised lens through which to approach the texts of the Hebrew Bible. In this volume, the range of associations and symbolic values evoked by twenty-one characters representing ancestors and founders, kings, female characters, and prophets are explored by a group of international scholars.
Production of Prophecy, Hardback (September 2009)» View all books by Ehud Ben Zvi
'The Production of Prophecy' brings together a range of influential biblical scholars to examine the construction of prophecy and prophetic books during the Persian period.
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