Goodness Ken. You have shaken my cynicism about secular institutions. ;->
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From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: OT: Re: NYTimes: Literature and the Bible (long reply!):
> Thank you kindly, Jerry, for a novice this should keep me pretty busy. I
> just checked and all but two titles are available in our university
> library (and two are available only electronically) and I notice that a
> number of authors have many other titles listed. Probably I shouldn't be
> surprised, but I was a bit since ours is a state university library and I
> wasn't sure that so much in this area would be on hand. This hasn't been
> the case for other searches I've done on religious topics, but perhaps the
> literary/narrative crossover aspect of the subject accounts for the
> Thanks for suspending the test at the end.....looks like there is no
> Looking at your previous message and Peter's response, I'm still a bit
> awed by what looks to me like the convoluted complexities of the subject.
> I'm going to have a visit with your book before trying to comment or ask a
> Jerome Walsh wrote:
>> I hope this is what you're looking for. There's a lot more out there than
>> this, of course (isn't there always?), but these are the books I have
>> found particularly formative in my own development. Forgive me if, with
>> totally false modesty, I point out the book of my own that I've included.
>> The writing of it was pretty formative too! The first chapter of that
>> book sets out in somewhat greater detail some of the theoretical ideas I
>> mentioned in my last email. The rest of the book is a
>> lead-'em-by-the-hand "how-to" workbook intended to give the beginner some
>> practical experience of doing literary criticism of biblical narrative.
>> _By biblical scholars with secondary literary critical expertise
>> /On narrative (introductory works)/
>> / /
>> David M. Gunn and Danna Nolan Fewell. /Narrative in the Hebrew Bible./
>> OUP, 1993.
>> Jean Louis Ska. /“Our Fathers Have Told Us.” /Pontificio Istituto
>> Biblico, 1990.
>> J. P. Fokkelman. /Reading Biblical Narrative/. Westminster John Knox,
>> Shimon Bar-Efrat. /Narrative Art in the Bible/. Almond Press, 1989.
>> Adele Berlin. /Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative/.
>> Eisenbrauns, 1994.
>> Jerome T. Walsh. /Old Testament Narrative. /Westminster John Knox, 2010.
>> /(more advanced)/
>> Meir Sternberg. /The Poetics of Biblical Narrative/. Indiana UP, 1987.
>> /On poetry/
>> J. P. Fokkelman. /Reading Biblical Poetry. /Westminster John Knox, 2001.
>> Adele Berlin. /The Dyunamics of Biblical Parallelism. /Indiana UP, 1985.
>> Luis Alonso Schökel. /A Manual of Hebrew Poetics/. Pontificio Istituto
>> Biblico, 1988.
>> Luis Alonso Schökel. /Estudios de Poética Hebrea./ Juan Flors, 1963.
>> _By literary scholars with secondary biblical expertise
>> Robert Alter. /The Art of Biblical Narrative. / Basic Books, 1981./ /
>> Robert Alter. /The Art of Biblical Poetry. /Basic Books, 1985.
>> Robert Alter. /The World of Biblical Literature. /Basic Books, 1992.
>> Northrop Frye. /The Great Code. /Academic Press Canada, 1982.
>> Northrop Frye. /Words with Power/. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
>> Gabriel Josipovici. /The Book of God./ Yale UP, 1988.
>> And I can't resist giving a plug for one of my absolutely favorite
>> readings of the entire Hebrew Bible as a coherent literary work: Jack
>> Miles's God: A Biography (Knopf, 1995), which won the Pulitzer Prize for
>> There will not be a test at the end....