1. Introducing literary criticism: The discipline of literary criticism ; Examples of literary criticism -- 2. Discovering literary sources: Isolating the evidence of Genesis 1-5 ; Comparing the evidence of Genesis 6-9 -- 3. Interpreting literary sources : the Yahwist and the Promise: The Yahwist at work : a classic passage ; The need for the Promise ; The Patriarchs and the Promise ; Moses and the Promise -- 4. Interpreting literary sources : the priestly writer and the Covenant: The priestly writer at work ; The Abraham Covenant initiated ; The Covenant remembered in Egypt ; The structuring of the Covenant relationship at Sinai.
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This well-written introduction to the method of literary criticism gives the reader an awareness and appreciation of the rich diversity of thought found in the Old Testament. The student is shown how to identify the elements of structure, style, form, language, and composition in the books of the Old Testament. Norman Habel demonstrates how literacy criticism works with examples which are familiar and well-suited for a beginner's level of study. The literary features of Genesis 1-9 are fully explored, then the author focuses on the importance of the Yahwist and priestly sources for the whole Pentateuch. This book's explanation of techniques used in the process of literary criticism will be valuable to both student and professor.