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By Francis Landy

This booklet is a suite of Landy's experiences at the poetics of the Hebrew Bible. The tune of Songs is featured along the prophetic voices of Amos, Hosea and Isaiah, and essays at the Binding of Isaac and at the booklet of Ruth. all through, the emphasis all through is at the subversiveness, richness and ambiguity of the textual content, yet principally its (often enigmatic) attractiveness. The thread of psychoanalysis and its metaphorical method attracts jointly this assortment from one of many Bible's such a lot delicate and designated literary critics.

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We will be looking at some of these in due course. The enigma then is a feature of the narrative code of the poem, its dynamic forward movement that always turns back on itself, becomes timeless. On the other hand, its ambiguities are a set of concomitant meanings, synchronic processes. 24 He continues that the mystery of the poem does not emanate from 'something unknown or unknowable in the poem, but something unlimited within it'. I confess I do not quite understand this, for the unlimited is surely always unknowable.

The country, personified in the country girl, is compared with the desert, and yet is aligned against it. Through cultivation, the fields emerge from the desert, just as life comes from death. The Woman thus mediates between the city and the wilderness. In the same way, the nomads are those who are able to survive, and indeed grow rich (cf. Isa. 16; Ezek. 21) in the desert, who can colonize the wilderness, through the shelter of their tents, their darkness. Thus the image combines the threat of destruction (raiders, desert, non-nature) with the hope of integration (virtue, innocence, humanization).

Sean Hand; Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press). Long, Gary A. 1994 'Dead or Alive? 62:510-53. Melugin, Roy 1998 'Amos in Recent Research', Currents in Research6: 65-101. J. Brill). Miscall, Peter 1999 Isaiah 34-35: A Nightmare/A Dream (JSOTSup, 281; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press). Overholt, Thomas W. 1989 Channels of Prophecy: The Social Dynamics of Prophetic Activity (Minneapolis: Fortress Press). Sternberg, Meir 1985 The Poetics of Biblical Narrative: Ideological Literature and the Drama of Reading (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

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