By Klaas Smelik, Karolien Vermeulen
During this quantity twelve contributions speak about the relevance, accuracy, capability, and attainable possible choices to a literary studying of historical Jewish writings, specially the Hebrew Bible. Drawing on various educational fields (biblical experiences, rabbinic experiences, and literary stories) and on a number of methodologies (literary feedback, rhetorical feedback, cognitive linguistics, old feedback, and reception history), the essays shape a state of the art review of the present use of the literary process towards historic Jewish texts. the amount convincingly exhibits that the most recent techniques to a literary interpreting can nonetheless improve our knowing of those texts.
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He burned it with fire; he dissolved it with water. He recognized that it had dissolved; he drank it and he knew that which was in it. Setne I col. 4/1–413 A belief in the power of words is well attested also in the literary texts found at the Canaanite seaport of Ugarit. A textbook example appears in the Epic of Baal, in which we find the dually-named craftsman god Kotharwa-Hasis ritually empowering the weapons he created so that storm-god Baal might defeat Yamm, the god of the Sea. Of specific import is that he empowers his weapons by naming them.
Jean van Dijk, “Une incantation accompagnant la naissance de l’homme,” Or 42 (1973): 502–507 (505); Walter Burkert, “Literarische Texte und funktionaler Mythos Ištar und Atrahasis,” in Funktionen und Leistungen der Mythos: Drei altorientalische Bei spiele, ed. Jan Assmann, Walter Burkert & Fritz Stolz (OBO 48; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1982), 63–82; Ulla Jeyes, Old Babylonian Extispicy: Omen Texts in the British Museum (Istanbul: Nederlands Historisch-Archaeologisch Instituut te Istanbul, 1989), 186, n.
Not only are some metaphors and similes shared, but even compositional 20 scott b. 1 This tells us that these devices were learned techniques; wide-spread oral and textual conventions that were passed on within scribal communities. They enjoyed centuries of consistent use and they were employed with a purpose. But what exactly were these devices meant to achieve? I should like to answer this question, in part, by examining Israelite literary craft in the light of comparative evidence from Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Ugarit.
Approaches to Literary Readings of Ancient Jewish Writings (Studia Semitica Neerlandica) by Klaas Smelik, Karolien Vermeulen