Hearing the Bible As Literature: A Reader’s Guide

The great biblical texts of this study, from Genesis to Galatians, have a mostly hidden code that has made them impenetrable for three generations of my otherwise competent college students, mostly English majors. (The course is "Introduction to the Bible as Literature".) What these readers lack in approaching biblical texts is an ability to recognize patterns of hearing — clues far more significant for interpretation than ordinary understandings of plot, character, and theme. This guide takes the reader through major book-length texts that represent different biblical genres by identifying the key role these patterns play in determining both the shape and meaning of biblical literature.

Paul Borgman

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