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Literary Motifs and Patterns in the Hebrew Bible

Collected Essays

Shemaryahu Talmon

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Literary Motifs and Patterns in the Hebrew Bible

Collected Essays

Shemaryahu Talmon

This collection gathers together Professor Shemaryahu Talmon’s contributions to the literary study of the Bible, and complements his acclaimed Literary Studies in the Hebrew Bible: Form and Content: Collected Studies (Jerusalem: Magnes / Leiden: Brill, 1993). The articles included herein span a broad range of topics, closely and comprehensively assessing fundamental themes and stylistic conceits present in biblical literature. Each study picks up one of these motifs or patterns, and traces its meaning and usage throughout the entire Bible. In Talmon’s estimation, these literary markers transcend all strata of the Bible, and despite diachronic developments, they retain their basic meanings and connotations throughout, even when employed by different authors over a span of hundreds of years. He demonstrates this convincingly by marshaling dozens of examples, each of which is valuable in its own right, and when taken all together, these building-blocks form a solid edifice that validate his approach. He judiciously employs this synchronic method throughout, frequently invoking an exegetical principle according to which one biblical verse can be employed to interpret the other, if they are found in similar contexts and with overlapping formulation. To use an expression that he coined elsewhere, his hermeneutical method can be described first and foremost as “The World of the Bible from Within.” Throughout the articles that appear in this volume, one is repeatedly struck by his sensitivity to the language and style of the biblical authors. He was blessed with a rich literary intuition, and shares with his readers his ability to see, hear, and understand the rhythms and poetics of biblical literature.

 

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This collection gathers together Professor Shemaryahu Talmon’s contributions to the literary study of the Bible, and complements his acclaimed Literary Studies in the Hebrew Bible: Form and Content: Collected Studies (Jerusalem: Magnes / Leiden: Brill, 1993). The articles included herein span a broad range of topics, closely and comprehensively assessing fundamental themes and stylistic conceits present in biblical literature. Each study picks up one of these motifs or patterns, and traces its meaning and usage throughout the entire Bible. In Talmon’s estimation, these literary markers transcend all strata of the Bible, and despite diachronic developments, they retain their basic meanings and connotations throughout, even when employed by different authors over a span of hundreds of years. He demonstrates this convincingly by marshaling dozens of examples, each of which is valuable in its own right, and when taken all together, these building-blocks form a solid edifice that validate his approach. He judiciously employs this synchronic method throughout, frequently invoking an exegetical principle according to which one biblical verse can be employed to interpret the other, if they are found in similar contexts and with overlapping formulation. To use an expression that he coined elsewhere, his hermeneutical method can be described first and foremost as “The World of the Bible from Within.” Throughout the articles that appear in this volume, one is repeatedly struck by his sensitivity to the language and style of the biblical authors. He was blessed with a rich literary intuition, and shares with his readers his ability to see, hear, and understand the rhythms and poetics of biblical literature.

In this volume, many of Talmon’s contributions are made accessible in fresh form to the benefit of both those who already know his work and to a newer generation of scholars for whom his work continues to prove important.

1) LITERARY PATTERNS AND SPECULATIVE THOUGHT IN BIBLICAL LITERATURE

2) THE MESSAGE OF THE ‘BARREN WIFE’ MOTIF

3) CONCEPTUAL PATTERNS OF HISTORY IN THE HEBREW BIBLE

4) LITERARY PATTERN AND MOTIFS IN THE BIBLICAL CREATION TRADITION

5) THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF אח;רית הימים

6) THE SIGNIFICATION OF שלום AND ITS SEMANTIC FIELD IN THE HEBREW BIBLE

7) PROPHETIC CONCEPTS OF HISTORICAL CAUSALITY AND AGRICULTURAL IMAGERY”

8) ‘FOUR HUNDRED YEARS’ OR ‘FORTH GENERATION’ (GEN 15:13-16): HISTORICAL DATA OR LITERARY MOTIFS?

9) HAR AND MIDBAR: AN ANTITHETICAL PAIR OF BIBLICAL MOTIFS

10) THE SIGNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM IN BIBLICAL THOUGHT

11) EXILE – DIASPORA – RESTORATION IN THE CONCEPTUAL UNIVERSE OF BIBLICAL ISRAEL

12) THE SIGNIFICATION OF ‘LIFE’ IN ANCIENT ISRAELITE THOUGHT

13) יד ושם: A Biblical Idiomatic Phrase and its Variations

14) THE COLLOCATION משתין בקיר ועצור ועזוב AND ITS MEANING

15) THE ‘TOPPED TRIAD’ IN BIBLICAL LITERATURE AND THE ‘ASCENDING NUMERICAL PATTERN’

16) EZRA-NEHEMIAH – THEOLOGY OR HISTORIOGRAPHY?

17) ‘THE GOOD SAMARITAN’ – A ‘GOOD ISRAELITE’?

18) WAS THE BOOK OF ESTHER KNOWN TO AUTHORS OF THE COMMUNITY OF THE ‘RENEWED COVENANT’?

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