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The Hebrew Bible as Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Tod Linafelt

03 March 2016

ISBN: 9780195300079

128 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



This book offers a thorough and lively introduction to the Hebrew Bible's two primary literary modes, narrative and poetry, foregrounding the nuances of plot, character, metaphor, structure and design, and intertextual allusions.

  • Provides a short, digestible, lively introduction to the Hebrew Bible as literature
  • Gives readers the tools to examine and appreciate the Hebrew Bible's literary achievements
  • Fully distinguishes between the narrative and poetic modes in the Hebrew Bible
  • Allows readers to approach the Hebrew Bible from a new direction

About the Author(s)

Tod Linafelt, professor of biblical literature, Theology Department, Georgetown University

Tod Linafelt is professor of biblical literature in the theology department at Georgetown University. He teaches courses on biblical literature, the Bible in popular culture, and the Hebrew scriptures.

Table of Contents

    1. Biblical literature and the Western literary tradition
    2. Reading biblical narrative
    3. Reading biblical poetry
    4. Narrative and poetry working together
    5. Connections between texts


"Linafelt synthesizes a good deal of scholarly research in an accessible fashion and provides the lay reader with a helpful introduction to reading the narrative and poetic texts of the Hebrew Bible." - Kevin Scott, Reading Religion