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The School Tradition of the Old TestamentThe Bampton Lectures for 1994$
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E. W. Heaton

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0198263627.001.0001

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(p.115) VI Story‐Writers
The School Tradition of the Old Testament

E. W. Heaton

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An examination is made of the narrative skills of the Jerusalem school tradition in the stories of the Old Testament. The illustrations include the stories of Joseph, Daniel, Ruth, Rebecca, Adam and Eve, David, and numerous other examples are also given. Comparisons are drawn with various earlier stories from Egyptian school-books. The last part of the chapter looks at the style of Solomon’s Song of Songs, which uses the literary genre to which the Arabic term wasf (meaning extravagant metaphorical language) has been ascribed.

Keywords:   Adam and Eve, Bible, Daniel, David, Egyptian school-books, Israeli school tradition, Joseph, literary style, narrative skills, Old Testament, Rebecca, Ruth, Solomon, Song of Songs, story-writers

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