Beyond Form Criticism Essays In Old Testament Literary Criticism

Tracing the development, current state, and future of Old Testament literary criticism, this volume gathers seminal articles that demonstrate the major methods and introduce the significant figures of this approach to biblical study.

Series Preface

Editors’ Preface



Paul R. House - The Rise and Current Status of Literary Criticism of the Old Testament

‘Scripture and Literary Criticism’


David J. A. Clines - Story and Poem: The Old Testament as Literature and as Scripture

Krister Stendahl - The Bible as a Classic and the Bible as Holy Scripture

‘Rhetorical Analysis’


James Muilenburg - Form Criticism and Beyond

J. Kenneth Kuntz - Psalm 18: A Rhetorical-Critical Analysis

‘Structuralist Analysis’


Richard Jacobson - The Structuralists and the Bible

Jean Calloud - A Few Comments on Structural Semiotics: A Brief Review of a Method and Some Explanation of Procedures

Daniel Patte and Judson F. Parker - A Structural Exegesis of Genesis 2 and 3

‘Formalism and Narrative’


1. Methodology: Robert Alter - A Literary Approach to the Bible

2. Structure: Shimon Bar-Efrat - Some Observations on the Analysis of Structure in Biblical Narrative

3. Plot: Barbara Green - The Plot of the Biblical Story of Ruth

4. Characterization: Adele Berlin - Characterization in Biblical Narrative: David’s Wives

5. Narration: Meir Sternberg - The Bible’s Art of Persuasion: Ideology, Rhetoric, and Poetics in Saul’s Fall

6. Genre: J. Cheryl Exum and J. Williams Whedbee - Isaac, Samson, and Saul: Reflections on the Comic and Tragic Visions

‘Analysis of Hebrew Poetry’


Adele Berlin - The Grammatical Aspect of Biblical Parallelism

J. Cheryl Exum - Of Broken Pots, Fluttering Birds, and Visions in the Night: Extended Simile and Poetic Technique in Isaiah

‘Reader-Response Analysis’


Robert M. Fowler - Who Is ‘The Reader’ in Reader Response Criticism?

Willem S. Vorster - Readings, Readers, and the Succession Narrative: An Essay on Reception

‘The Future of Old Testament Literary Criticism’


1. Narrative: David M. Gunn - New Directions in the Study of Biblical Hebrew Narrative

2. Poetry: Mona West - Looking for the Poem: Reflections on the Current and Future Status of the Study of Biblical Hebrew Poetry

Index of Authorities

Index of Scripture References

Journal of Biblical Literature


The Journal of Biblical Literature (JBL) is a quarterly periodical that promotes critical and academic biblical scholarship. Bringing the highest level of technical expertise to bear on the canon, cognate literature, and the historical matrix of the Bible, JBL has stood at the center of communication among biblical scholars in North America for the past 125 years. The articles and reviews published by JBL reflect the range of methods, models, and interests used and pursued by working sections, groups, and seminars of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Coverage: 1890-2017 (Vol. 9, No. 1 - Vol. 136, No. 4)

Moving Wall: 3 years (What is the moving wall?)

The "moving wall" represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal. Moving walls are generally represented in years. In rare instances, a publisher has elected to have a "zero" moving wall, so their current issues are available in JSTOR shortly after publication.
Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.

Terms Related to the Moving Wall
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Absorbed: Journals that are combined with another title.
Complete: Journals that are no longer published or that have been combined with another title.

ISSN: 00219231

Subjects: Religion, Humanities

Collections: Arts & Sciences III Collection, JSTOR Essential Collection, Religion & Theology Collection

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