Performance Criticism of the Hebrew Bible

Terry Giles, William Doan

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Performance criticism is a critical methodology that is based upon the premise that select portions of the Hebrew Bible (and Christian New Testament as well) are literary variations of originally oral compositions that were read or recited before live audiences. Those readings and recitations were performative in nature and understanding the performative dynamics at work in the material, being read or recited, can yield fresh insights into the meaning of the material. Performance criticism applies concepts commonly used in performative studies to the Hebrew Bible in an effort to better understand the conventions and structures enabling communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-286
Number of pages14
JournalReligion Compass
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008

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  • Religious studies

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