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The Death Wish in the Hebrew Bible: Rhetorical Strategies for Survival
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The Death Wish in the Hebrew Bible: Rhetorical Strategies for Survival (Hardback)

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This is the first book to systematically investigate the texts in the Hebrew Bible in which a character expresses a wish to die. Contrary to previous scholarship on these texts that assumed these death wishes were simply a desire to escape suffering, Hanne Loland Levinson employs narrative criticism and conversation analysis, together with diachronic methods, to carefully hear each death-wish text in its literary context. She demonstrates that death wishes embody powerful, multi-faceted rhetorical strategies. Grouping the death-wish texts into four main rhetorical strategies of negotiation, expression of despair and anger, longing to undo one's existence, and wishing for a different reality, Loland Levinson portrays the complex reasons why characters in the Hebrew Bible wish for death. She concludes that the death wishes navigate the tension between longing for death and fighting for survival - a tension that many live with also today as they attempt to claim agency and autonomy in life.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsJewish studiesReligion & BeliefsChristianityBiblesReligion & BeliefsJudaism Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 30/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9781108833653  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Hanne Loland Levinson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her first book Silent or Salient Gender? (2008) received the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. Her research interests include gender, metaphor, narrative analysis, and death in the Hebrew Bible. She co-founded the Society of Biblical Literature program unit on Metaphor Theory and the Hebrew Bible.

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