Underdogs and Tricksters: A Prelude to Biblical Folklore (New Voices in Biblical Studies)

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Hardcover, FIRST PRINTING, . Publisher's statement: "This major study of the role of folklore in biblical narrative examines the Bible as one would examine traditional literature...Professor Niditch applies the methodologies of modern folklorists to a set of biblical narratives, including such unlikely heroes as the wanderers Abraham and Isaac, the younger sons Jacob and Joseph, and the exiles Mordecai and Esther. She makes a strong case for the centrality of folklore to a better understanding of the bible." From the Introduction: "The underdog and trickster are traditional characters in a broad,cross-cultural literary corpus. I believe, however, that they held special appeal for the Israelite composers who shaped the tales of their ancestral heroes; for throughout its history, Israel has had a peculiar self-image as the underdog and trickster."

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