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Literary Reading

Finding Meaning in Incoherence: The Joseph Story Beyond Source Criticism

The story of Joseph is replete with narrative contradictions. Source criticism has long dominated the quest for textual coherence. But how are we to make sense of the integrated text?

Prof.

Edward L. Greenstein

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The Joseph Story: Ancient Literary Art at Its Best

The Joseph story invites the reader to be transported to Egypt itself through the inclusion of Egyptian words, proper names, and customs; to analyze the unsurpassed use of repetition with variation; and to enter the mind of the character (in this case, especially Pharaoh) through the use of interior monologue.

Prof.

Gary Rendsburg

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Literary Parallels in Bereishit 34-38 and 1 Samuel

Rabbi

Shmuel Klitsner

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Leviticus as a Literary Tabernacle

The late British anthropologist Mary Douglas proposed that Leviticus was designed to reflect the structure of the Tabernacle, which in turn reflects the division of space during the revelation at Mount Sinai. In this reading, the two screens or curtains that divide the Tabernacle are represented by Leviticus’ only two narratives.[1]

Prof.

Gary Rendsburg

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The Mysterious Literary Life and Death of Korah

Prof.

Rachel Adelman

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Aging Gracefully

Dr.

Erica Brown

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Repetition and the Tabernacle: Eternity in the Face of Change

Dr.

Amy Cooper Robertson

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The Message of the Non-Chronological Opening of Numbers

Is the focal point of the book the Camp or the Tabernacle?

Prof.

Jonathan Grossman

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Motivating the Leadership of Israel – Plan B

Rabbi

Yoseif Bloch

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The Scout Story: A Guided Reading

Dr.

Rachel Havrelock

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Who Was "Shelah Son of Judah" and What Happened to Him?

The history and geography of the Judahite clan of Shelah as portrayed in the Bible and in the extra-biblical Sources.

Prof.

Aaron Demsky

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Cracks in the Edifice: A Personal Reflection

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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