The Birth Report Genre in the Hebrew Bible 978-3-16-157842-7 - Mohr Siebeck

Timothy Finlay

The Birth Report Genre in the Hebrew Bible

[Geburtsberichte im Alten Testament.]

unrevised e-book edition 2019; Original edition 2005 2005. XI, 292 pages.

Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe 12

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Timothy D. Finlay conducts a comprehensive analysis of all birth reports in the Hebrew Bible. These passages include genealogies, stories of annunciation to barren women and prophetic narratives. The birth reports may be short but they contribute greatly to the plot.
Timothy D. Finlay integrates the disciplines of form criticism and narrative criticism in an analysis of the birth report genre in the Hebrew Bible. He first establishes the standard structure of the birth report as containing an introductory setting, a conception element, a birth element, a naming element, and an etiological element. There are typical formulae associated with each element. He then analyzes how the genre of the surrounding material – genealogical list, annunciation type-scene, account of prophetic symbolic actions – modifies the standard form of the birth report. Finally, he re-examines each individual narrative containing a birth report, paying particular attention to how the marked deviations from the standard pattern of a birth report contribute to the specific narratological aims of the larger passage.

Timothy Finlay Born 1964; 1986 B.S. in Mathematics; 1990 B.A. in Theology; 1996 M.A.R. in Biblical Studies; 2005 Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible; is currently Professor of Biblical Studies at Azusa Pacific University, California.


The following reviews are known:

In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 118 (2006), S. 454 (A.C. Hagedorn)
In: Mayeutica — 32 (2006), S. 190–192 (Enrique Eguiarte)
In: Biblica — 90 (2009), S. 123–125 (Donald K. Berry)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 132 (2007), S. 784–786 (Jutta Krispenz)