A journal of academic theology

Prolegomena to Meaning or What Is Literary about the Torah?

The drastic economy of biblical narrative style is not simply to be equated with an absence of style but rather represents a distinctive narrative poetics, which turns in particular on the opaqueness of characters’ inner lives and thus on the essential ambiguity of character motivation. Such practical criticism, by rigorously lingering over the details and structures of the literature, serves as an indispensable prolegomena to the meaning-making project of interpretation, theological or otherwise.

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