There has been much discussion of narrative aspects of the Bible in recent years, but the ends of biblical narratives – how the ends contribute to closure for their stories and how the ending strategies affect the whole narrative – have not been studied comprehensively. This study shows how the writers and editors of short narratives in Genesis gave their stories a sense of closure (or in a few cases, the sense of non-closure). Multiple and sometimes unexpected, forms of closure are identified; together these form a set of closural conventions. This contribution to narrative poetics of the Hebrew Bible in the light of source criticism will also be valuable to those who are interested in narrative and in concepts of closure.
Closure in Biblical Narrative
By Seong Whan Timothy Hyun, Faith Evangelical College & Seminary in Tacoma, WA
In reading Job 1-11, Bakhtin’s dialogism and chronotope define each different voice as a unique and equally weighted voice and reveal its dialogical interaction with other voices to produce better questions about Job rather than answers.
By Timo Eskola, University of Helsinki
Reading Heikki Räisänen’s hermeneutics in context, Timo Eskola explores the development of Western New Testament interpretation. Proposing sociology as the link between standard historicism and poststructuralism, Räisänen reinterprets the sociology of knowledge. He substitutes sacralized ...
In Aposynagōgos and the Historical Jesus in John, Bernier argues that the Johannine expulsion passages could plausibly describe events that occurred during Jesus' lifetime.
By Anna Rebecca Solevåg, School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger, Norway
In Birthing Salvation Anna Rebecca Solevåg shows how childbearing discourse interfaces with salvation discourse in the Pastoral Epistles, the Acts of Andrew and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas. Issues of gender and class are explored through an intersectional analysis.
Edited by Jan van der Watt, Radboud University Nijmegen
The question ‘Which is the real Jesus’ is approached from different perspectives, illustrating the role the quest for the historical Jesus plays within a wider framework, including not only historical, but also philosophical and hermeneutical issues.
By Ingeborg Mongstad-Kvammen
Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Epistle of James offers an interpretation of Jas 2:1-13 putting the text in the midst of its Roman imperial context.
Eric J. Gilchrest, Judson College, Alabama, USA
In Revelation 21-22 in Light of Jewish and Greco-Roman Utopianism, Eric J. Gilchrest offers a creative and compelling reading of Revelation 21-22 as understood through the lenses of ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish utopianism.
Phillip Michael Sherman, Maryville College, TN
Ancient Jewish Interpreters read and rewrote the biblical narrative of the Tower of Babel to address various challenges to the identity of 'Israel' in the Second Temple and early rabbinic periods.
Susanne Gillmayr-Bucher, Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversität Linz
Die Darstellung der erzählten Welten im Richterbuch zeigt anhand einer narratologische Analyse der einzelnen Erzählzyklen wie die (Re)konstruktion einer Epoche Israels in einem vielstimmigen Diskurs zwischen Bewunderung und Befremden entfaltet wird. The analysis of the narrated worlds in the ...
By Douglas Estes, Dominican Biblical Institute, Limerick, Ireland
In The Questions of Jesus in John Douglas Estes crafts a theory of question-asking based on insights from ancient rhetoric and modern linguistics in order to investigate the logical and rhetorical purposes of Jesus' questions in the Fourth Gospel.
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