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The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter
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Aug 22, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: re-read, theology, non-fiction
Read from August 22, 2011 to May 14, 2012

"Through the warp of all those intervening centuries, lines become blurred, contours are distorted, colors fade; for not only have we lost the precise shadings of implication of the original Hebrew words, but we have also acquired quite different habits and expectations and, as readers, have forgotten the very conventions around which the biblical tales were shaped."

This book is an eye-opener, for sure. You'll never read the Bible the same way again, and you'll be the better for it. To be sure, Alter falls short on the question of inerrancy and, being Jewish, rejects the New Testament wholesale, but all of his points only serve the truth of the New Testament and the inerrancy of Scripture as a whole.

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