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Number of Pages: 330
Vendor: Michael Glazier
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Series: Berit Olam
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1 Samuel is a national autobiography of the Hebrew people. David Jobling reads 1 Samuel as a story that is complete in itself, although it is part of a much larger narrative. He examines it as a historical document in a double sense: (1) as a document originating from ancient Israel and (2) as a telling of the past. Organizing the text through the three interlocking themes of class, race, and gender, Jobling asks how this historical - and canonical - story relates to a modern world in which these themes continue to be of crucial importance.
While drawing on the resources of biblical narratology," Jobling deviates from mainstream methodology. He adopts a "critical narratology" informed by such cultural practices as feminism and psychoanalysis. He follows a structuralist tradition which finds meaning more in the text's large-scale mythic patterns than in close reading of particular passages, and seeks methods specific to 1 Samuel rather than ones applicable to biblical narrative in general.
David Jobling, PhD, is a professor of Old Testament language and literature at St. Andrews College in Saskatoon. He is a co-chair of the Ideological Criticism section of the Society of Biblical Literature and a member of The Bible and Culture Collective."
John Herbst5 Stars Out Of 5July 24, 2003John HerbstA must for the serious student of I Samuel. Jobling analyzes the text through several different lenses, including the ascendancy of the monarchy, the role of women in Samuel, the evolving understanding of government, and the relationships between the successive leaders of Israel. Original, provocative analysis!