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Literary Study of the Bible: An Introduction approaches each book of the Bible (including several of the apocrypha) with non-sectarian literary questions, exploring the meanings that the Bible reveals when we read it like a poem, narrative, or play. As a unique hybrid of introductory guide, essential handbook, historical survey, and absorbing commentary, this book fills a gap in literary Bible study with its fresh perspectives on the biblical writers' many arts. Readers will engage in a wide range of textual approaches and interpretive traditions through this broadly informed, accessibly written text.

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins has taught literary study of the Bible for 25 years, over which time he has field-tested the many lenses-of genre, image, language, characterization, plot, and craft-used throughout this book. Tracing the sources, composition, and influences of the Biblical text, this book places the Bible in a tradition of ancient near eastern, Hebrew, and Hellenistic literary art, giving new depth to the way we understand the familiar stories of scripture. This remarkable volume:

Approaches the Bible as a richly collaborative and coherent work of literary art, exploring the ways in which earlier books influence the creation and interpretation of later ones

Provides illuminating commentary supplemented by explanatory text boxes, maps, illustrations, and study questions to enhance interest and expand learning

Introduces poetic and narrative devices such as doubling, juxtaposition, and irony within the context of scriptural art and editorial design

Gives extensive attention to each biblical book, resulting in the most comprehensive introduction of literary Bible study to date

Presents these materials through an accessible and lively text permeated with references to both high and popular culture

The most comprehensive and accessible introduction to scriptural art yet written 

Literary Study of the Bible: An Introduction approaches each book of the Bible (including several of the apocrypha) with non-sectarian literary questions, exploring the meanings that the Bible reveals when we read it like a poem, narrative, or play. As a unique hybrid of introductory guide, essential handbook, historical survey, and absorbing commentary, this book fills a gap in literary Bible study with its fresh perspectives on the biblical writers’ many arts. Readers will engage in wide range of textual approaches and interpretive traditions through this broadly informed, accessibly written text.

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins has taught Literary Study of the Bible for 25 years, over which time he has field-tested the many lenses—of genre, image, language, characterization, plot, and craft—used throughout this book. Tracing the sources, composition, and influences of the Biblical text, this book places the Bible in a tradition of ancient near eastern, Hebrew, and Hellenistic literary art, giving new depth to the way we understand the familiar stories of scripture. Unlike other literary introductions to the Bible, this book uniquely combines these elements:

  • Approaches the Bible as a richly collaborative and coherent work of literary art, exploring how earlier books influence the creation and interpretation of later ones
  • Provides illuminating commentary supplemented by explanatory textboxes, maps, illustrations, and study questions to enhance interest and expand learning
  • Introduces poetic and narrative devices like doubling, juxtaposition, and irony within the context of scriptural art and editorial design
  • Gives extensive attention to each biblical book, resulting in the most comprehensive introduction to literary Bible study to date
  • Presents these materials through an accessible and lively text permeated with references to both high and popular culture

Literary Study of the Bible will be a welcome addition to personal, school, college, and congregational libraries, as well as an excellent text for students of the Bible in both secular and faith-based settings. 

Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xix
Part I Beginning 1(30)
1 "The Dream Was Doubled": Reading Like a Hebrew
3(12)
1.1 Seeing Deep and Whole: Stereoscopic Vision
3(7)
1.2 Tabernacles for the Sun: Biblical Genres
10(5)
2 "In the Scroll of the Book": Composition and Canonicity
15(16)
2.1 The Documentary Hypothesis: Its Origins, Assumptions, and Evolution
15(8)
2.1.1 Hypothetical Documents: Divine Names, Disputed Dates, and the "Polychrome Bible"
17(5)
2.1.2 Toledoth: Generations of Genesis and Torah
22(1)
2.2 New Testament Sources: "Q" and A
23(1)
2.3 "In His Hand Was a Measuring Rod": Community, Councils, and Canons
23(6)
2.3.1 Tanakh, Old Testament, the Deutero-Canonicals, and New Testament Apocrypha
24(5)
2.4 Literary Study of the Bible: A Way Forward
29(2)
Part II The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible/Tanakh 31(298)
3 Hebrew Poetry: Deep Calls to Deep
33(24)
3.1 "In the Great Congregation": The Many Voices of Psalms
33(15)
3.1.1 A Pentateuch of Poems: The Five Books of the Psalter
35(4)
3.1.2 "Create in Me a Clean Heart": Interior Drama and Psychological Discovery
39(6)
3.1.3 "Play Skillfully": Figure and Form
45(3)
3.1.3.1 Figurative Language
45(1)
3.1.3.2 Form: Parallelism - Synonymous, Antithetic, Synthetic
46(1)
3.1.3.3 Form: Refrain and Litany
46(1)
3.1.3.4 Form: Juxtaposition
47(1)
3.2 Love Strong as Death: The Song of Solomon
48(9)
3.2.1 Lyric Sequence or Dramatic Narrative: Whose Story?
48(10)
3.2.1.1 Allegory?
51(1)
3.2.1.2 Literal Love Story?
52(2)
3.2.1.3 Earthly Desire and Heavenly Longing
54(3)
4 Wisdom Literature: Understanding Their Riddles
57(20)
4.1 "Take Hold of Her": Wisdom and Desire in Proverbs
58(9)
4.1.1 "She Calls Aloud in the Streets": Wisdom and Folly Personified
59(1)
4.1.2 Folly Made Flesh: The Loose Woman
60(2)
4.1.3 Wisdom Incarnate: The Good Wife
62(3)
4.1.4 "The Beginning of Wisdom": How to Read a Proverb
65(2)
4.2 "Enjoy Your Toil": The Counter-Wisdom of Ecclesiastes
67(10)
4.2.1 "Under the Sun": Living by Mortal Light
69(1)
4.2.2 "The Wind Whirls About": Cycles and Cynicism
70(3)
4.2.3 "Remember Your Creator": The End and the Beginning
73(4)
5 Origin Narrative I: Divine Images in Genesis
77(24)
5.1 Biblical Narrative Style: The Elements
77(7)
5.1.1 Minimalism
77(2)
5.1.2 Wordplay
79(1)
5.1.3 Doubling and Repetition
79(1)
5.1.4 Juxtaposition
80(1)
5.1.5 Deferred Judgment
80(3)
5.1.6 Irony - Sad, Happy, Complex
83(1)
5.2 Day of Days: Creation in Stereoscope
84(9)
5.2.1 "And It Was Good": The Quiet Polemic Against Creative Violence
85(3)
5.2.2 "In Our Image": Man or Manikin?
88(1)
5.2.3 "Male and Female": Gendering Genesis
89(2)
5.2.4 "Flesh of My Flesh": Biblical Erotics and Marriage
91(2)
5.3 Nakedness and Knowledge: Deception, Folly, Fall, and Curse
93(8)
6 Origin Narrative II: Patriarchy and Its Discontents in Genesis
101(44)
6.1 "Arc" of the Covenant: The Story of God's Contracts
102(12)
6.1.1 Kinds of Covenant: Bilateral and Unilateral
102(1)
6.1.2 Keeping Covenant: Promises, Conditions, Signs
103(1)
6.1.3 Specific Covenants: Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic
104(41)
6.1.3.1 Adamic Covenant
104(3)
6.1.3.2 Noahic Covenant
107(3)
6.1.3.3 Abrahamic Covenant
110(4)
6.2 Warts and All: Abraham and Anti-Patriarchal Patriarchy
114(6)
6.3 "The Older Shall Serve the Younger": Against Primogeniture
120(11)
6.4 "What Will Become of His Dreams": Joseph and His Brothers
131(14)
7 Biblical Epic I: Making the Nation in the Pentateuch
145(32)
7.1 Mosaic Epic: The Priestly Kingdom
145(32)
7.1.1 Moses: A Man Drawn Out
148(3)
7.1.2 The Exodus: Let My People Go
151(4)
7.1.3 Exodus and Leviticus: Covenant Law and Liberty
155(14)
7.1.3.1 Mosaic Covenant: Moral, Civil, and Ritual Law
158(11)
7.1.4 Numbers: Rebellion and Wandering
169(3)
7.1.5 Deuteronomy: The Law Renewed
172(5)
8 Heroic Narrative: Remaking the Hero in Joshua, Judges, and Ruth
177(30)
8.1 Joshua's Conquest: Taking the Promised Land
177(6)
8.2 "When the Judge Was Dead ... They Reverted": Cycles of Decay in Judges
183(17)
8.2.1 Alternative Heroes: Ehud, Deborah, Jael, and Gideon
185(6)
8.2.2 "Weak ... Like Any Other Man": The Tragedy of Samson
191(4)
8.2.3 The Anti-Hero: "Right in His Own Eyes"
195(5)
8.3 "Famous in Bethlehem": Ruth and Boaz, Local Heroes
200(7)
9 Biblical Epic II: Making the Kingdom in 1 and 2 Samuel
207(34)
9.1 Saul's Epic Tragedy: "A King ... Like All the Nations" in 1 Samuel
207(18)
9.1.1 "The Glory Has Departed": Samuel, the Ark, and Israelite Survival
208(4)
9.1.2 Cross Destinies: Saul, David, and Chiastic Plot Structure
212(13)
9.2 David's Epic Tragicomedy: A Sure House, a Lasting Covenant in 2 Samuel
225(16)
9.2.1 A Biblical Elegy: The Song of the Bow
225(1)
9.2.2 "From Strength to Strength": King in Hebron, King in Jerusalem
226(4)
9.2.3 Cross Destinies Times Two: David, Absalom, and Double Chiastic Plot Structure
230(8)
9.2.4 Coda: "He Who Rules Over Men"
238(3)
10 National Narrative: Chosen Stories of Chosen People in Kings, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Esther
241(36)
10.1 Sad Stories of the Death of Kings: Kings and Chronicles
241(20)
10.1.1 "Cast Down the Mighty": Highlights of Misrule and Divine Intervention in Kings
252(8)
10.1.2 Doubled, with a Difference: The Book of Chronicles
260(1)
10.2 Return and Rebuild: Ezra and Nehemiah, Restorers of the City
261(7)
10.3 "For Such a Time as This": Esther in a Strange Land
268(9)
11 Drama: The Divine Tragicomedy of Job
277(20)
11.1 Job as Primal Theater
278(19)
11.1.1 Prologue: Nakedness and Knowledge, Again
279(3)
11.1.2 Act 1: Debate Begins - Job 4-14
282(2)
11.1.3 Act 2: The Pace Quickens - Job 15-21
284(3)
11.1.4 Act 3: Climax, Sullen Silence, and Summation - Job 22-31
287(2)
11.1.5 Act 4: Elihu, Angry Young Man - Job 32-37
289(1)
11.1.6 Act 5: The LORD Answers - Job 38-42
290(2)
11.1.7 Epilogue: Theodicy vs. Theophany and Satan's Real Absence - Job 42
292(5)
12 Prophecy: Who Speaks for God?
297(32)
12.1 Nevi'im: Prophets Former and Latter, Major and Minor
298(6)
12.1.1 Forthtelling Prophecy: Elijah, Elisha, and Social Justice
298(2)
12.1.2 Foretelling Prophecy: The Scandal of Prediction
300(4)
12.1.2.1 Messianic Prophecy: The Anointed One
302(1)
12.1.2.2 Apocalyptic Prophecy: Visions of the End, and the Beginning
303(1)
12.2 The Major Prophets: Isaiah Through Daniel
304(14)
12.2.1 Isaiah: The Art of Prophesying
304(3)
12.2.2 Jeremiah and Lamentations: The Weeping Prophet of Hope
307(6)
12.2.3 Ezekiel: "Son of Man, Can These Bones Live?"
313(2)
12.2.4 Daniel: "Man Greatly Beloved"
315(3)
12.3 The Minor Prophets: "The Day of Small Things"
318(13)
12.3.1 Hosea: "Take Unto Thee a Wife of Whoredoms"
318(1)
12.3.2 Joel: "The Day of the Locust"
319(1)
12.3.3 Amos: "Let Justice Run Down Like Water"
319(1)
12.3.4 Obadiah: "Concerning Edom"
320(1)
12.3.5 Jonah: "Should I Not Pity Nineveh?"
320(1)
12.3.6 Micah: Birth Pangs of the Kingdom
321(1)
12.3.7 Nahum: "Woe to the Bloody City!"
322(1)
12.3.8 Habakkuk: "On the Day of Wrath, the Just Shall Live by His Faith"
322(1)
12.3.9 Zephaniah: "I Will Gather Those Who Sorrow"
323(1)
12.3.10 Haggai: "The Desire of All Nations"
323(1)
12.3.11 Zechariah: "Behold, Your King"
324(1)
12.3.12 Malachi: "Who Can Endure the Day of His Coming?"
325(4)
Part III The New Testament/New Covenant 329(108)
13 Gospel Narrative: Kingdom Coming
331(46)
13.1 Make It New: Another Covenant
331(1)
13.2 "A House Divided": Intertestamental Developments and Religious/Political Parties in Jesus' Day
332(4)
13.3 Synoptic and Johannine: Stereoscopic Vision Revisited
336(4)
13.3.1 Mark, "Q," and Synoptic Composition
337(1)
13.3.2 Jesus of History, Christ of Faith?
338(2)
13.4 "Tell No Man": The Messianic Secret
340(7)
13.4.1 Parables: Kingdom Secrets, "Ears to Hear"
343(4)
13.5 Gospel vs. Biography: Chosen Stories of the Chosen One
347(30)
13.5.1 Matthew: Jesus, Son of Abraham
348(2)
13.5.1.1 Toledoth Y'shua: The Generations of Jesus
348(2)
13.5.2 Mark: Jesus, Son of God
350(2)
13.5.2.1 "Render Unto Caesar": Mark and Romanitas
350(2)
13.5.3 Luke-Acts: Jesus, Son of Adam
352(14)
13.5.3.1 "Most Excellent Theophilus": Luke's Testimony
354(1)
13.5.3.2 Discoursing Wonders: Luke and the Marvelous
354(4)
13.5.3.3 Acts of the Holy Spirit: "The World Turned Upside Down"
358(2)
13.5.3.4 Preacher, Martyr, Evangelist, and Convert: Peter, Stephen, Philip, and Saul/Paul
360(6)
13.5.4 John: Jesus, Son of the Father, Word Made Flesh
366(8)
13.5.4.1 "And Dwelt Among Us": Gnosticism Refuted by the Word Made Flesh
367(3)
13.5.4.2 "What Sign Do You Show Us?": The Semeia of John
370(4)
13.5.5 Ordinary Splendor: The Miracle of the Everyday
374(3)
14 Epistle: Divine-Human Correspondence
377(40)
14.1 Sent to the Nations: Pauline Epistles
379(24)
14.1.1 Paul's Letters to Churches
380(20)
14.1.1.1 At the Center of Power: Romans
380(5)
14.1.1.2 At the Center of Trade: 1 and 2 Corinthians
385(5)
14.1.1.3 The Law of Grace: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
390(8)
14.1.1.4 Paul's Apocalypse: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
398(2)
14.1.2 Paul's Letters to Individuals
400(3)
14.1.2.1 Pastoral Epistles: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus
400(2)
14.1.2.2 "More Than a Slave": Philemon
402(1)
14.2 General Epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude
403(8)
14.2.1 Better Than Moses: The Letter to the Hebrews
403(2)
14.2.2 Trials of the Faith that Works: James
405(2)
14.2.3 The Forge of Persecution and the Cancer of Corruption: 1 and 2 Peter
407(3)
14.2.4 Fire and Hope: Jude
410(1)
14.3 Johannine Epistles: "God is Love"
411(6)
15 New Testament Apocalypse: Kingdom Come
417(20)
15.1 Little Apocalypses: The Gospels and Epistles
418(2)
15.2 "An Angel Standing in the Sun": The Brilliant Difficulties of Revelation
420(13)
15.2.1 Fearful Symmetry: Structuring the Vision
421(2)
15.2.2 Theatrum Mundt: Staging the Vision
423(1)
15.2.3 "The Words of This Book": Speaking the Vision
424(1)
15.2.4 "If Anyone Adds ... and Takes Away": Interpreting the Vision
425(7)
15.2.4.1 Preterist: Apocalypse Then
426(1)
15.2.4.2 Historicist: Apocalypse Then to Now
427(1)
15.2.4.3 Futurist: Apocalypse Soon
428(2)
15.2.4.4 Spiritual/Symbolist: Apocalypse Now - and Always
430(2)
15.2.5 The Three-Fold Answer: A Symbolic Drama of Past, Present, and Future
432(1)
15.3 Full Circle: A Tree in a Garden
433(4)
Appendix 1 Suggestions for Further Reading 437(2)
Appendix 2 Boxes and Illustrations 439(4)
Index 443
CHRISTOPHER HODGKINS is Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is author or editor of eight books and many articles and essays, and has addressed audiences across North America and at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Surrey, Edinburgh, Catania, Aarhus, and Paris; at Salisbury and Canterbury Cathedrals; and at the Vatican.