9780520236868-0520236866-The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible

The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible

ISBN-13: 9780520236868
ISBN-10: 0520236866
Edition: First
Author: Pardes, Ilana
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback 222 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780520236868
ISBN-10: 0520236866
Edition: First
Author: Pardes, Ilana
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback 222 pages

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Acknowledged authors Pardes, Ilana wrote The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible comprising 222 pages back in 2002. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0520236866 and 9780520236868. Since then The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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The nation--particularly in Exodus and Numbers--is not an abstract concept but rather a grand character whose history is fleshed out with remarkable literary power. In her innovative exploration of national imagination in the Bible, Pardes highlights the textual manifestations of the metaphor, the many anthropomorphisms by which a collective character named "Israel" springs to life. She explores the representation of communal motives, hidden desires, collective anxieties, the drama and suspense embedded in each phase of the nation's life: from birth in exile, to suckling in the wilderness, to a long process of maturation that has no definite end. In the Bible, Pardes suggests, history and literature go hand in hand more explicitly than in modern historiography, which is why the Bible serves as a paradigmatic case for examining the narrative base of national constructions.

Pardes calls for a consideration of the Bible's penetrating renditions of national ambivalence. She reads the rebellious conduct of the nation against the grain, probing the murmurings of the people, foregrounding their critique of the official line. The Bible does not provide a homogeneous account of nation formation, according to Pardes, but rather reveals points of tension between different perceptions of the nation's history and destiny.

This fresh and beautifully rendered portrayal of the history of ancient Israel will be of vital interest to anyone interested in the Bible, in the interrelations of literature and history, in nationhood, in feminist thought, and in psychoanalysis.

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