Song and Story in Biblical Narrative

Song and Story in Biblical Narrative

The History of a Literary Convention in Ancient Israel
Steven Weitzman
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1997
ISBN: 978-0-253-11420-4
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... a book which asks and answers a new, interesting question, using a rich range of biblical and humanistic methodologies." —Journal of Biblical Literature

This book examines a literary form within the Bible that has slipped through the cracks of modern scholarship: the mixing of song and story in biblical narrative. Journeying from ancient Egyptian battle accounts to Aramaic wisdom texts to early retellings of biblical tales in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish-Hellenistic literature, and rabbinic midrash, Steven Weitzman follows the history of this form from its origins as a congeries of different literary behaviors to its emergence as a self-conscious literary convention.

Author Bio

Steven Weitzman, the Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism whose most recent publications include Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom and a revised edition of The Jews: A History.

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Table of Contents

1. Moving Between Prose and Poetry
2. A Chorus of Approving Voices
3. Swan Song
4. Sing to the Lord a New Song
5. Play It Again, Sam
6. A Biblical Fugue
Appendix A: The Narrative Role of David’s Lament
Appendix B: The Songs of Israel and the Song of the Angels