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More than Meets the Ear: Discovering the Hidden Contexts of Old Testament Conversations
Victor H. Matthews

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Format: Paperback, 288pp.
ISBN: 9780802803849
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pub. Date: October 16, 2008

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More than a simple exchange of words, conversations in the biblical narratives offer an array of clues that define the characters and their relationships, the setting, and the language they employ. Using current critical communication theories from a number of fields — anthropology, sociology, psychology, and literary studies — Victor Matthews analyzes such biblical conversations as the interchanges between Judah and Tamar, Moses and Jethro’s back-and-forth, Ezra’s public address, and the dialogues recorded in Daniel.

By crossing disciplinary divides as he does, Matthews creates a working synthesis that brings these embedded biblical dialogues off the page and breathes life into the social world that created them. His groundbreaking study will appeal to serious Old Testament students who want to stretch beyond traditional exegetical methods.



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Victor H. Matthews is professor of religious studies and associate dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs at Missouri State University. His previous books include Studying the Ancient Israelites and Judges & Ruth.

Table of Contents

1Analyzing Biblical Dialogue with Sociolinguistics and Discourse Analysis1
2Discourse and Cognition in the Story of Judah and Tamar26
3Conversation Analysis and Embedded Dialogue67
4Dialogue as a Social Kaleidoscope: Using Positioning Theory101
5Spatiality and Context131
Glossary of Technical Terms165
Subject Index188
Scripture Index193

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