Item description for Wrestling with Textual Violence: The Jephthah Narrative in Antiquity and Modernity (Bible in the Modern World) by Sjöberg Mikael...
A story of a judge who sacrifices his virgin daughter is of course an issue both in ethics and in gender studies. Such is the biblical narrative of Jephthah. Sjberg undertakes a comparative analysis of six different versions of the Jephthah narrative: the biblical tale in the book of Judges, the Jewish telling in Pseudo-Philo's Liber antiquitatum biblicarum (first century CE), Josephus's report in his Jewish Antiquities (also first century CE), Handel's oratorio Jephtha (1751), the British author E.L. Grant Watson's novel A Mighty Man of Valour (1939), set in Australia, and the short story by the Israeli novelist Amos Oz, 'Upon This Evil Earth' (1981). Five main interpretative strategies are uncovered in this remarkable analysis: condemnation, identification, glorification, alienation and censure. Each strategy affects in different ways the reader's assessment of power relations within the story and the reader's own willingness to change. In a final move, Sjberg embarks on a critical discussion of the programmes of Elizabeth Schssler Fiorenza and Daniel Patte for an ethics of biblical interpretation. Sjberg advocates an interpretative pluralism, arguing that biblical studies should stand in the service of the general public.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2006
Publisher Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd
ISBN 1905048149 ISBN13 9781905048144
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