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A Prelude to Biblical Folklore: UNDERDOGS AND TRICKSTERS [Paperback]

By Susan Niditch (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.25" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.57 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 24, 2000
Publisher   University of Illinois Press
ISBN  0252068831  
EAN  9780252068836  


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Treating Old Testament stories as the product of an oral traditional world, A Prelude to Biblical Folklore sets biblical narrative in a broad cross-cultural context and reveals much about the richness and complexity of the ancient Israelite civilization that produced it.

Using a unique combination of biblical scholarship and folklore methodology, Susan Niditch tracks stories of biblical characters who become heroes against the odds, either through trickery or through native wisdom, physical prowess, and the help of human or divine agents. In this volume, originally published as Underdogs and Tricksters, Niditch examines three cross-sections of the Old Testament in detail: stories in Genesis in which patriarchs pretend that their wives are really their sisters; the contrasting stones of two younger sons, the trickster Jacob and the earnest underdog Joseph; and the story of Esther as a paradigm of feminine wisdom pitted against unjust authority.

Linking these Old Testament heroes to the legendary tricksters and underdogs of other cultures, Niditch shows how the Israelites' worldview and self-image are reflected in the way biblical authors tell their stories. Through a thoughtful analysis of style, content, narrative choices, and attitudes to issues of gender and political authority in biblical narrative, A Prelude to Biblical Folklore draws persuasive conclusions about the identity, location, and provenance of the stories' authors and their audiences.

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More About Susan Niditch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan Niditch is Samuel Green Professor of Religion at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including "Oral World and Written Word: Ancient Israelite Literature", part of the acclaimed Library of Ancient Israel series.

Susan Niditch currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Susan Niditch has an academic affiliation as follows - Amherst College.

Susan Niditch has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of Ancient Israel
  2. Old Testament Library
  3. Semeia Studies


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