Yahweh's Elegant Speeches of the Abrahamic Narratives
I found in this work a thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of stylistic features of the (reported) divine speeches in the narratives about Abraham (and YHWH) in the book of Genesis and their significance for both the communication of central ideological positions and esthetic pleasure to its intended readers.
Professor Ehud Ben Zvi
Department of History and Classics,
University of Alberta
Dr Michael’s book is a well-researched and well-written contribution to the current focus on stylistics in the literature of the Old Testament. Still, the book avoids a mere ‘art for art’s sake’; the stylistic devices are seen as fulfilling certain semantic functions that express a message to the world of the author as well as to readers of today. As such, the question of contemporary relevance – which is a major focus of Dr Michael’s immediate academic context, that of African Old Testament scholarship – is not absent, rather approached from a new and fascinating perspective.
Professor Knut Holter
Prorector for Research