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Performing Memory in Biblical Narrative and Beyond
Athalya Brenner, Frank H. Polack

ISBN 9781906055806
Status Available
Price: $110.00
Binding Hardback
Publication Date January 2010
   

Memory—“authentic,” manufactured, imagined, innocent, or deliberate—becomes remembrance through its performance, that is, through being narrated orally or in writing. And when it is narrated, memory becomes a shaper of identities and a social agent, a tool for shaping a community’s present and future as much as, if not more so, than a near-simplistic recording of past history and a sense of belonging.

In this volume, various aspects of narrated “memories” in the Bible and beyond it are examined for their literary and sociological charge within biblical literature as well as in its cultural afterlives—Jewish, Christian and “secular.” From innerbiblical memory shaping claims to contemporaneous retellings, the shifts of tradition to story are explored for ways, means, and aims that, authorially intentional or otherwise, become influential in adapting the Bible for the postmodern scene and adapting the postmodern scene to the Bible.

This compilation of essays is the result of a collective research project with participants from the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Tel Aviv University and Haifa University (Israel), Poznan University (Poland), Bowdoin College and Brite Divinity School (U.S.A.).

Athalya Brenner is Professor Emerita of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Professor of Biblical Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Frank H. Polak is Professor of Bible at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

The SBL is the North American distributor for Sheffield Phoenix Press. Customers outside of North American can purchase this book directly from Sheffield Phoenix by clicking here.




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