Review of 'Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives'

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In Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives, J. Andrew Dearman offers a detailed walk through the fundamentals of Hebrew Bible narrative exegesis. What makes this introductory text stand out is its nuanced approach to multiple levels of textual analysis. Dearman layers a Bible-as-literature approach, "The World of the Text" with detailed historical/contextual reading, "The World Behind the Text." He then combines these two readings together in a short section, "The Worlds of and Behind the Text," and concludes with "The World in Front of the Text," exploring how classical stories are received and interpreted in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The result of this layering is an analytical illumination of Hebrew Bible narratives, wherein the exegetical result is not merely an explanation of a text, but a detailed enlivening.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-101
Number of pages3
JournalEncounter: A Journal of Theological Scholarship
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • reading bible narratives
  • Hebrew Bible
  • understanding texts

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