The Pentateuch

Tod Linafelt

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Pentateuch

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To consider the Pentateuch in a ‘literary’ way, one might ask about its own literary features, or ask how those features have been absorbed by subsequent writers within the Western tradition that owes so much to the Pentateuch or Torah – the first five books of the Bible. This article largely focuses on the first question, with the hope that, by doing so, the second, addressed briefly at the end, might be given a greater literary context in which to be understood. The discussion also addresses a more embracing question: In what ways does the Pentateuch contain subtle and artful material that might prove compelling, not only to later generations of English poets, novelists, dramatists, and Christian thinkers, but also to a modern reader whose interest may well go beyond the strictly historical or theological?

Keywords: Bible; Torah; Christian thinkers; Pentateuch

Article.  7560 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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