Signs Of Jonah: Reading And Rereading In Ancient Yehud Ehud Ben Zvi

ISBN: 9780826462688

Published: June 1st 2003

Hardcover

208 pages


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Signs Of Jonah: Reading And Rereading In Ancient Yehud  by  Ehud Ben Zvi

Signs Of Jonah: Reading And Rereading In Ancient Yehud by Ehud Ben Zvi
June 1st 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 208 pages | ISBN: 9780826462688 | 10.55 Mb

In this new and refreshing approach to the story, Ben Zvi starts with the premise that Jonah, like most books, was written to be read. He therefore concentrates on intended and unintended readership(s) of Jonah and the network of messages that theyMoreIn this new and refreshing approach to the story, Ben Zvi starts with the premise that Jonah, like most books, was written to be read.

He therefore concentrates on intended and unintended readership(s) of Jonah and the network of messages that they were likely to derive through their reading and rereading. He starts with the historical and social matrix of the production and reading of the book in antiquity, analyzes its self-critical approach and its metaprophetic character as a comment on the genre of prophetic books and on prophets.

How does the historical fact of Ninevehs destruction acually shape the reading? Or the perception of Jonah as a runaway slave?Ben Zvi demonstrates the malleability of interpretation of the Book of Jonah and its limitations, as attested in different communities of readers. He asks why certain messages are easily accepted by particular historical communities, whereas others are not raised at all.



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