By Tirzah Frank, Assistant Editor
In How the Bible Is Written, Gary Rendsburg unpacks the literary devices behind the Hebrew Bible (a.k.a. the Old Testament). He delves into how the ancient Israelite literati (to borrow his term) used alliteration, wordplay, repetition with variation, style-switching, and other devices to deliver the biblical narrative in effective and beautiful ways. For readers who’ve typically approached the Bible for its moral teachings and historical information rather than its artistry, Rendsburg provides an exciting new lens for better understanding and appreciating the Old Testament.
Why It’s Easy to Overlook the Literary Nature of the Bible
I never thought very much about how the Bible is written. Why and when, sure. And I’ve studied the overarching narrative structure and the connections between the Old and New Testaments, because those aspects come through in an English translation. But I was never exposed to the specific…
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