Who Wrought the Bible?: Unveiling The Bible's Aesthetic Secrets

Paperback | November 30, 2008

byYair Mazor

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Approaching the Hebrew Bible as a work of literary art, Yair Mazor examines its many genres, including historical narratives, poetic narratives, poetry, psalms, and songs. Line drawings from a late nineteenth-century Bible illustrate many of the most famous scenes in scripture, suggesting another aesthetic layer of the text. By breaking the Bible into constituent parts, Mazor traces the range of its writing styles, reconfiguring the work as a literary collage and an artistic masterpiece. He shows how the aesthetics of the texts that comprise the Bible serve its over-arching message, and he develops a literary portrait of its authors by decoding their cryptic aesthetic devices.

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Approaching the Hebrew Bible as a work of literary art, Yair Mazor examines its many genres, including historical narratives, poetic narratives, poetry, psalms, and songs. Line drawings from a late nineteenth-century Bible illustrate many of the most famous scenes in scripture, suggesting another aesthetic layer of the text. By breakin...

Yair Mazor is professor of Hebrew and Biblical literature and was the first director of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Certificate Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His many books include The Poetry of Asher Reich: Portrait of a Hebrew Poet and Pain, Pining, and Pine Trees: Contemporary Hebrew P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 30, 2008Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents
 
List of Illustrations                    
Acknowledgments                   
Policy of Transliteration            
 
1. The Importance of Being Earnest About Definitions: What Is Art? What Is Literature? What Is Biblical Literature? And What Is the Science of Literature and Biblical Literature?                      
2. One More Mandatory Introduction: How Does the Aesthetic Mechanism of the Biblical Text Operate? How Does It Serve the Ideological Message Delivered by the Biblical Text?              
3. What You See Is Not What You Get: When Unity Masquerades as Disarray; Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd or is He My Host?; Cain, Abel, Lemech and even Adam and Eve: Who Lumped Them Together in One Place and Why?                 
4. Abraham versus Abraham, the Real Story of the Ageda Story: Or, One God + One Agony = Two Sacrificial Lambs            
5. Psalm 24: Sense and Sensibility in Biblical Composition                    
6. The Song of Songs, or The Story of Stories? Song of Songs between Genre and Unity                     
7. "Cherchez La Femme," or, Sex, Lies and the Bible . . . Anti-Feminism in the Bible                
8. Rewarding Aesthetic Excavation in Biblical Literary Site: Poetic Devices of Abraham's Service (Genesis, 17–19)                  
9. When Job and Genesis Visit Psalm 139, and When Aesthetics Is Harnessed to Psychological Characterization                      
10. Hosea, 5.1–3: Between Compositional Rhetoric and Rhetorical Composition                      
 
Notes              
Index               
 

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“To analyze, reflect, and understand ‘aesthetic and artistic characteristics of the Hebrew Bible’ is an important desideratum in Biblical Studies and one admirably fulfilled by Yair Mazor. He invites the reader not only to read about biblical aesthetics but to confront the process itself.”—Zev Garber, editor and contributor, Mel Gibson's Passion: The Film, the Controversy, and its Implications