By Martin J. Buss

This magnum opus isn't one other catalogue of the different types of biblical literature, yet a deeply mirrored account of the importance of shape itself. Buss writes out of his event in Western philosophy and the complex involvement of biblical feedback in philosophical background. both, biblical feedback and the advance of notions of shape are with regards to social contexts, no matter if from the part of the aristocracy  Read more...

Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; bankruptcy 1 creation: spotting kinds; bankruptcy 2 BIBLICAL styles; bankruptcy three GRAECO-ROMAN THEORIES OF shape; bankruptcy four EARLY AND MEDIAEVAL ANALYSES; bankruptcy five POSTMEDIAEVAL EXAMINATIONS OF shape; bankruptcy 6 FORMAL research in the course of the REIGN OF HISTORIOGRAPHY (c. 1775-1875); bankruptcy 7 'FORM' AFTER 1875 outdoor bible study; bankruptcy eight JEWISH ANALYSES OF shape, c. 1875-1965; bankruptcy nine ROMAN CATHOLIC perspectives OF LITERARY shape, c. 1875-1965; bankruptcy 10 THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE: PROTESTANT ANALYSES mostly through OR FOR NONSPECIALISTS, c. 1875-1965.

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38. Cf. Reventlow (1990:1, 38-43). 39. Thus already Aristotle, Rhetoric, 1409b (see Krasovec, 1-3). 3. Graeco-Roman Theories of Form 45 BCE; Jebb, 166). 40 Nevertheless, opinions varied about just what constitutes the form and function of high style and, in general, how styles are to be used. Dionysius of Halicarnassus (first century BCE) considered 'grand' style to be 'austere'—unpolished, jagged and somewhat archaic, its opposite being 'smooth'. His own preference was for a mixture of the two (On Composition, 22-24).

He listed threats and warnings as additional forms of speech that are related to the others in function (Praem. Poen. 4). Thus the biblical genres were seen as complementing one another. Philo reflected deeply (with the help of Platonic thought) on the dynamic structure of biblical texts. In his view the process of creation, as of final salvation, is beyond time; thus, details of creation stories, when taken in their most obvious sense, are 'myths' (Leg. All. 19; Agr. 97; Deus Imm. 32). 21 For laws he discussed social and religious reasons, with attention to symbolic meanings, without discarding a literal view of them as rules to be followed (cf.

1994: 383). 20. Philo's background in regard to Greek philosophy, rhetoric and poetics and his dedication to Judaism (including a closeness to the midrashic tradition) have been discussed extensively in recent years. Philo had a definite impact on Christian 54 Biblical Form Criticism in its Context Within biblical narratives, Philo distinguished between accounts of divine creation and the history of human beings with a description of the rewards and punishments they receive (Praem. Poen. ; Vit.

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