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The Biblical Hero

Author : Elliott Rabin
ISBN : 9780827613249
Genre : Religion
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Approaching the Bible in an original way—comparing biblical heroes to heroes in world literature—Elliott Rabin addresses a core biblical question: What is the Bible telling us about what it means to be a hero? Focusing on the lives of six major biblical characters—Moses, Samson, David, Esther, Abraham, and Jacob—Rabin examines their resemblance to hero types found in (and perhaps drawn from) other literatures and analyzes why the Bible depicts its heroes less gloriously than do the texts of other cultures: * Moses founds the nation of Israel—and is short-tempered and weak-armed. * Samson, arrogant and unhinged, can kill a thousand enemies with his bare hands. * David establishes a centralized, unified, triumphal government—through pretense and self-deception. * Esther saves her people but marries a murderous, misogynist king. * Abraham's relationships are wracked with tension. * Jacob fathers twelve tribes—and wins his inheritance through deceit. In the end, is God the real hero? Or is God too removed from human constraints to even be called a “hero”? Ultimately, Rabin excavates how the Bible’s unique perspective on heroism can address our own deep-seated need for human-scale heroes.

Heroines Heroes And Deity

Author : Dolores G. Kamrada
ISBN : 9780567662385
Genre : Religion
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Kamrada's study analyses three narratives concerning the greatest heroic figures of the biblical tradition: Jephthah's daughter, Samson and Saul, and includes a consideration of texts about King David. All three characters are portrayed as the greatest and most typical and exemplary heroes of the heroic era. All three heroes have an exceptionally close relationship with the deity all die a traditionally heroic, tragic death. Kamrada argues that within the Book of Judges and the biblical heroic tradition, Jephthah's daughter and Samson represent the pinnacle of female and male heroism respectively, and that they achieve super-human status by offering their lives to the deity, thus entering the sphere of holiness. Saul's trajectory, by contrast, exemplifies downfall of a great hero in his final, irreversible separation from God, and it also signals the decline of the heroic era. David, however, is shown as an astute hero who founds a lasting dynasty, thus conclusively bringing the heroic era in the Deuteronomistic history to a close.

Young Heroes Of The Bible

Author : Kirk Douglas
ISBN : PSU:000046469540
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Actor Kirk Douglas provides his favorite stories about heroic Biblical figures, including Rebecca, Joseph, and Miriam.

Nameless Heroes Of The Bible

Author : Carl Wells
ISBN : 9781468558920
Genre : Religion
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Nobody knows their names . . . Except God--and perhaps several million (billion?) of their closest friends in heaven. The Bible gives us true stories about a large handful of fascinating, but nameless, people. You and I are like them. We too will be nameless to history. And we too have an opportunity to act in ways that have a profound effect for good on the way history unfolds on the earth. They are Nameless Heroes of the Bible. What do they have to teach us?

Armenian Apocrypha Relating To Biblical Heroes

Author : Michael E. Stone
ISBN : 9780884143550
Genre : Religion
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Explore richly embellished Armenian tales of biblical heroes This fifth book of Michael E. Stone's English translations of stories from medieval Armenian manuscripts illustrates how authors transmitted and transformed accounts of biblical heroes. Texts focus on important figures such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Solomon, Daniel and Susanna, and more. This collection reflects not only the richness of Armenian creativity stimulated by piety and learning but also Michael E. Stone's career-long search for reworkings of biblical traditions, stories, and persons in the Armenian tradition. Features: A rich tradition of biblical exegesis and commentary, much of it in genres of the older apocryphal and pseudepigraphical literature Reflections on the roots of Armenian texts in ancient Judaism and earliest Christianity Texts, translations, and a critical apparatus

The Samson Narratives

Author : John Roskoski
ISBN : 1718079680
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The biblical narratives that describe the life of Samson, the hero and judge of ancient Israel has captured the imagination for generations, with his image and persona used in countless literary and media forms. More than a "Hebrew Hercules," Samson is presented by Dr. Roskoski entirely within the biblical context, and through a series of researched essays, he portrays many of the important historical and theological characteristics of this amazing man and his place in God's plan for the salvation of mankind. Just a few moments with Dr. Roskoski's work will serve to immerse the reader in a depth of material and understanding that is found in few other works.

The Historical David

Author : Joel Baden
ISBN : 9780062188335
Genre : Religion
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Joel Baden, a leading expert on the Old Testament, offers a controversial look at the history of King David, the founder of the nation of Israel whose bloodline leads to Jesus, challenging prevailing popular beliefs about his legend in The Historical David. Baden makes clear that the biblical account of David is an attempt to shape the events of his life politically and theologically. Going beyond the biblical bias, he explores the events that lie behind the David story, events that are grounded in the context of the ancient Near East and continue to inform modern Israel. The Historical David exposes an ambitious, ruthless, flesh-and-blood man who achieved power by any means necessary, including murder, theft, bribery, sex, deceit, and treason. As Baden makes clear, the historical David stands in opposition not only to the virtuous and heroic legends, but to our very own self-definition as David’s national and religious descendants. Provocative and enlightening, The Historical David provides the lost truth about David and poses a challenge to us: how do we come to terms with the reality of a celebrated hero who was, in fact, similar to the ambitious power-players of his day?

Superheroes Of The Bible

Author : Cara J. Stevens
ISBN : 9781680993288
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Kids ages six and up will love this exciting comic-book style collection depicting ten of the greatest superheroes of the Bible. Each short story tells the tale of one biblical hero fighting against the odds, battling foes, and/or enduring great tests of faith and strength to prevail in the name of the Lord. From Joshua who fought bravely against a great army in the siege of Jericho; to Elijah the prophet who stood up to a powerful king and wielded flaming fireballs from heaven; to David who battled and defeated the giant, Goliath, there are plenty of captivating tales to inspire kids of all ages. Families will love seeing their children dive into these colorful stories of faith and kids will enjoy the full-color illustrations that bring dramatic Biblical scenes to life. Each ten to twelve page story is just the right length for active or reluctant readers, bedtime reading sessions, and church groups. Entertaining and character-building, this story collection is the perfect addition to any home library. Discover the amazing feats of God as displayed through ten incredible Bible heroes! Reinforces Christian values/teachings and highlights how God can work through anyone. Engaging, comic book-style art helps kids of all reading levels and ages relate to the characters and dive into the story. An illustrated, full-color adventure that’s fun for the whole family!

Hebrew Life And Literature

Author : Bernhard Lang
ISBN : 0754666182
Genre : Religion
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Bernhard Lang, known for his contributions over several decades to biblical anthropology, offers in this volume a selection of essays on the life and literature of the ancient Hebrews. The subjects range from the Hebrew God, the world-view of the Bible, and the formation of the scriptural canon, to peasant poverty, women's work, the good life, and prophetic street theatre. The stories of Joseph, Samson, and the expulsion from Paradise are told, and in a departure from the Old Testament, the priestly origins of the Eucharist are considered. Insight into the Hebrew mentality is facilitated by the arrangement of the essays, reflecting the three strata of the ancient society: the peasants, with their common concerns of fertility and happiness; warriors, their martial pursuits, and the divine Lord of War; and the wise - prophets, priests, and sages.

The Biblical Narrative

Author : Zvi Adar
ISBN : UOM:39015004232164
Genre : Bible
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A Different Kind Of Hero

Author : Sally Clarkson
ISBN : 9781496420398
Genre : Religion
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A Different Bible study experience! This guided journey through Scripture is for anyone who:Knows what it’s like to just not fit in;longs to feel known, safe, and understood;and wonders where they truly belong.Join beloved author Sally Clarkson and her son Joel in this 12-session exploration of misfits in the Bible—and the surprising ways they became heroes of the faith. God has always taken ordinary people—like Peter, Ruth, Job, and Elijah—and used them to accomplish great things. You’ll learn how God can take your own weaknesses and turn them into strengths as he draws you outside the safety of yourself and into the glorious whirlwind of His plan for your life. (A companion resource to Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him, by Sally and Nathan Clarkson.)

King Saul

Author : Peter Ignatius
ISBN : 8184580711
Genre : Bible
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Saul (Edomite king) in the Bible.

The Empty Men

Author : Gregory Mobley
ISBN : UOM:39015063652179
Genre : Religion
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An original interpretation of familiar Old Testament stories found in the Book of Judges and First and Second Samuel looks at such stories as the saga of Gideon's army, Samson and Delilah, and the history of David's family to compare biblical tales to ancient Semitic and European heroic traditions and how they have been transformed into religious lessons.

An Unexpected Hero

Author : Rachel Spier Weaver
ISBN : 0736973745
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"Follows the biblical narrative of the heroine Rahab, imagining how she responded to the events recorded in Scripture"--

Weapons Upon Her Body

Author : Sandra Ladick Collins
ISBN : 9781443845861
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The biblical stories of Lot’s daughters, Tamar, Ruth and Bathsheba, share much in common – singular women who are left to rely upon their own wits to achieve some measure of victory over the men around them. Scholarly interpretation of these women often reduces them to mere stock characters who inform civic notions about Israel, the perennial underdog who, like these women, achieves against great odds. Or, they reflect the trickery and moral ambiguity inherent in their line as ancestresses of the House of David. However, when read for their gender information (and not for what they can tell readers about Israel), one finds women who employ strategies of deception and trickery, motivated by individual self-interest, in order to successfully maneuver within the system to their benefit. Such initiative can be seen as valorous: they save themselves through their own pluck and ingenuity. Thus, a close consideration of these stories finds that heroic biblical women carry their essential weapons upon and within themselves in their drive, their resolve and their cleverness. Using methods from biblical study as well as folklore, this study identifies biblical women motivated by self-interest coupled with deception and an incidence of the “bedtrick,” an instance of sexual trickery that challenges the text’s power and gender dynamics. This identification puts Lot’s daughters, Tamar, Ruth and Bathsheba, in league with female heroes from folk tale and legend. By contrasting and comparing common motifs and actions with traits established by other non-biblical female heroic narratives, strong heroic themes are located in all four narratives. This offers a dynamic argument for identifying the female biblical heroic. This work concludes that this new identification of heroic women in the Bible profoundly affects further interpretation of the Bible.

Jesus The Hero

Author : Leland Ryken
ISBN : 1941337597
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This is the fourth of a six-volume series called Reading the Bible as Literature. This volume on the Gospels continues the tradition of the first three in the series by exploring the intersection of the Bible and literature. Ryken enables pastors, students, and teachers of the Bible to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of the Gospels and how to interpret them correctly. He goes one step further than merely explaining the literary dimensions of the Gospels - he includes exercises to help students master this rich literary treasure.


Author : Lindsey Bell
ISBN : 1936501287
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Sarai couldn't have a baby. Leah felt unloved. David ran for his life and Job lost everything. Just about every Bible hero at one time or another went through a life-changing trial. As you read through Scriptures you can almost hear them ask... Why does life have to be so hard? Difficult times often leave Christians searching the Bible for answers to the most difficult questions -- Does God hear me when I pray? Why isn't He doing anything? Does He even care? Author Lindsey Bell understands the struggle. She battled for years with secondary infertility. As she endured medical testing and numerous miscarriages, she searched the Bible for answers to these tough questions. Her studies led her through the stories of biblical figures, big and small. She discovered that while life brings trials, faith brings victory. And when we rely on God for the strength to get us through, we can emerge Unbeaten.

Samson Hero Or Fool?

Author : Erik M.M. Eynikel
ISBN : 9789004262362
Genre : Religion
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This collection of essays, presented at an international conference on Samson held in 2008 at the University of Nijmegen, studies the text of Judges 16-18, the reception history of the Samson traditions in later Jewish, Christian and Islamic literature, and his representation in figurative and performing arts.

The Biblical World

Author : William Rainey Harper
ISBN : IOWA:31858034269344
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"Books for New Testament study ... [By] Clyde Weber Votaw" v. 26, p. 271-320; v. 37, p. 289-352.

Women On The Biblical Road

Author : Mishael Caspi
ISBN : STANFORD:36105018317961
Genre : Religion
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This book investigates the feminine traditions of the Hebrew Bible in a readable manner, pertinent to contemporary times. It is unique in its focus on the experiences of biblical women and not how they were perceived within a patriarchal context.Women on the Biblical Road explores, through an eco-feminist lens, female heroes, their journey cycles, and the oral tradition from which these stories originate. At the core of this look at women on the biblical road is the book of Ruth, the Bible's most complete tale of the female adventure. Caspi and Havrelock point out that the journey of Ruth and Naomi corresponds with a cycle of return and redemption, inseparable from Ruth's and Naomi's experience on the road. The authors also propose that this story of two women from distinctly different places who are able to fuse their goals and help each other survive, points to plausible cultural reconciliation in the Middle East and beyond. This book is intended for any university class studying the Hebrew Bible, courses at synagogues or churches, and women interested in tracing female spiritual traditions. Women on the Biblical Road is an important book for the Women's Spirituality Movement and will surely appeal to the contemporary woman interested in reconstructing women's traditions.

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