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Twice Used Songs: Performance Criticism of the Songs of Ancient Israel

Terry Giles

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ISBN 10: 0801046343 / ISBN 13: 9780801046346
Published by Baker Academic, 2008
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Title: Twice Used Songs: Performance Criticism of ...

Publisher: Baker Academic

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Terry Giles and Bill Doan have teamed up to apply the methodologies of performance criticism to the "performances" found in songs that are used in the Old Testament narrative. These songs were first used elsewhere and thus are "twice-used." The result is a serious, helpful, innovative appraisal of Scripture portions that often seem "out of place" within their narrative contexts. With the aid of this new application of insights from the theatre arts, portions of Scripture spring up fresh and alive, giving the present-day reader valuable insights into why these "twice-used songs" are found where they are, and how they were designed to draw in the original readers/hearers to these passages.

Performance criticism tries to understand the significance of the history of this material as something that was performed--sung, in a community, with various participants and with responses expected from the audience. The authors explore how the Old Testament writers imbedded these songs in their prose so as to add persuasiveness to the narration. The work includes two extensive bibliographies, one related to the biblical passages and the second to the emerging methodology as an aid to those encountering this interdisciplinary work for the first time.

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Terry Giles teaches biblical studies as professor of theology at Gannon University. He has also been active in higher education administration and served as guest teaching faculty in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

William J. Doan is associate dean for Administration, Graduate Research, and Scholarship in the College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many published works, including Prophets, Performance, and Power with Terry Giles.

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