The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

The Joseph Story: Between a Family and a Polemical Story

The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman - Cynthia Shafer-Elliott

Yairah Amit [+-]
Tel Aviv University
Yairah Amit is Professor Emerita of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Hebrew Bible and in the School of Education at Tel Aviv University. Amit emphasizes critical approaches to the study of the Hebrew Bible. She is especially interested in aspects of story, history, ideology and editing, and in their combination in the biblical text. Her books include The Book of Judges – The Art of Editing (Brill, 1999), Hidden Polemics in Biblical Narrative (Brill, 2000), In Praise of Editing in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012).

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It is well known that I perceive the Bible as polemic literature. This declaration opens my book “Hidden Polemics in Biblical Narrative,” which discusses the ideologies and types of polemics. My use of the term “polemic” assumes a topic on which opinions differ and in biblical times would have been a subject of intellectual and public debate, of which we have evidence. In my book I describe four types of such polemics: the explicit or open; the indirect; the implicit or hidden, and the seemingly hidden polemic too. They can be distinguished from one another by the way they relate to the topic of the polemic and to the attitude towards. All of them appear in the story of Joseph, therefore this contribution deals with the four types of polemics in this story. Moreover, these polemics prove that the story of Joseph reflects the Persian period.

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Amit, Yairah . The Joseph Story: Between a Family and a Polemical Story. The Hunt for Ancient Israel - Essays in Honour of Diana V. Edelman. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 69-92 Jun 2022. ISBN 9781800500228. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41761. Date accessed: 07 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41761. Jun 2022

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