Ancient Hebrew Stories and Their Modern Interpretation

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Cosimo, Inc., 2005 M12 1 - 348 pages
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This short story has called forth the highest praise from the most competent critics for its simple beautiful presentation of scenes from the rural life of ancient Israel. It is artistic in the noblest sense, though it is not likely that in those days there was much consciousness of art of discussion as to the technique of story-telling.-from "Ruth: A Woman's Faithfulness and Its Reward"With an emphasis on the Bible as literature, this classic 1922 work examines the stories of the Old Testament with a modern eye, exploring not only their religious and historical significance but their beauty and effectiveness as prose and as examples of the art of storytelling. Among the tales considered are: .The Creation of the World.The First Murder.The Tower of Babel.The Story of Jacob.Samson: or A Strong Man's Failure.Saul and the Witch of Endor.The Story of Job: The Problem of Suffering.The Story of Jonah: A Prophetic Satire.and more.Canadian scholar W. G. JORDAN was professor of Hebrew language and literature at Queen's University, Kingston. He also wrote Biblical Criticism and Modern Thought (1909).
 

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Contents

chap page
13
The Creation of Man and His Companions
83
The Tower of Babel Genesis xi
117
The Abraham Cycle Genesis xii ff
126
The Story of JacobSelected Passages
138
or the Glory of Beginnings
153
A Striking Sermon Joshua vii
167
The Sword of Yahweh and of Gideon
180
The Founder of the Kingdom Selected Passages 239
239
XX Absaloms Rebellion 2 Samuel xv xviii
252
Yahweh or Baal 1 Kings xvii xix
260
A Womans Faithfulness and its Reward
277
The Problem of Suffering
283
The Beginning of Autobiography
289
A Profhetic Satire
298
The Storytelling Element in the Book of Daniel
303

or A Strong Mans Failure Judges xiii XYi
191
Robbery and Ritual Judges xviL xviii
199
Scenes from the Life of Samuel i Samuel i xv
203
Saul a TragedySelected Passages
214
Saul and the Witch of Endor i Samuel xxviii
222
An Ancient Tragedy 2 Samuel xxi
232
Jewish Patriotism
319
The Epilogue
324
Brief Bibliography
333
Index of Subject Matter
337
Index of Scripture References 319 324 333 337
342
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