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ISBN: 9781783689750
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 18
Publication Date: 14/05/2014
Pages: 332
Language: English

Yahweh's Elegant Speeches of the Abrahamic Narratives

This publication is a pioneering work in the contemporary study of stylistics, reminding the reader of the literary elegance and beauty of the speeches of Yahweh in the Abrahamic narratives. It studies the attribution, aesthetics and representations of these divine speeches.

Author Bios

Matthew Michael

MATTHEW MICHAEL is presently a Research Fellow at the Department of Old and New Testaments at Stellenbosh University, South Africa and the Academic Dean of ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria. He has published several articles on the literary and artistic features of the Hebrew 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
MHS Misjonshøgskolen

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