The Names of God: Poetic Readings in Biblical Beginnings

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byHerbert Chanan Brichto

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This is the sequel to the author's iconoclastic Toward a Grammar of Biblical Poetics (Oxford, 1992), in which Brichto argues for the aesthetic wholeness of the Hebrew Bible, and the consistency of Scripture's preachment on God, nature, and the human condition--in direct opposition to currentsource criticism, which maintains that inconsistencies within the text support an atomistic reading of multiple authors. In The Names of God, Brichto brings us his "poetic" reading of Scripture to the Book of Genesis. Using contemporary methods and insights of literary criticism, he examines one of the great inconsistencies within Genesis that have led to the supposition of multiple authors--the assortment of termsor names for the Deity, among them Yahweh and Elohim--and attempts to show the appropriateness of certain of these names to the stories in which they appear. He also looks at a variety of other data within Genesis such as genealogies, eponyms, and chronologies, and shows that their poeticalfunction--their variety, ingenuity, and imaginative whimsy--is vital to the structure of the text as a whole. In finding a unity in this diversity of materials, Brichto makes a strong case for the text as the artistic achievement of a single author.

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This is the sequel to the author's iconoclastic Toward a Grammar of Biblical Poetics (Oxford, 1992), in which Brichto argues for the aesthetic wholeness of the Hebrew Bible, and the consistency of Scripture's preachment on God, nature, and the human condition--in direct opposition to currentsource criticism, which maintains that incons...

The late Herbert Chanan Brichto was Professor of Biblical Studies at Hebrew Union College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.5 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195109651

ISBN - 13:9780195109658

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"Brichto's interpretations of stories in Genesis are...vigorous and provocative, and will be debated. The book includes a helpful bibliography and continues a fruitful trend of reading Genesis synchronically."--Religious Studies Review