By Barbara M. Leung Lai
It is usually acknowledged that the interior lifetime of characters within the Hebrew Bible is inaccessible to us, and that we will recognize little or not anything approximately how they felt and notion. during this research, unique in either its scope and its procedure, Barbara Leung Lai exhibits how unsuitable that assumption is. She directs our consciousness to the numerous areas the place her selected characters, Daniel, Isaiah, and Yahweh, communicate of themselves, utilizing the first-person 'I' voice, and unearths these to be a special element of access, or window, into the interiority of the characters.
To build an inside profile of those characters, Leung Lai develops an built-in technique of mental exegesis, drawing upon mental views of character, Bakhtinian perspectives of polyphony and dialogism, present reviews of emotion, self and selfhood, and the empirics of studying below the rubric of reader-response literary criticism.
From those views, Leung Lai can establish in Daniel fundamental geographical regions in his internal identity-seeing and emotive experiencing -- and will symbolize Daniel's inside international as a global of paradoxes, of seeing with out comprehending, listening to with out the potential to reply. Isaiah, nonetheless, shows a large spectrum of feelings, from love, intimacy, pleasure and empathy to a feeling of being lower than divine constraint, and to mourning, lament, doubt, misery, helplessness and melancholy. The prophet shows a profound experience of selfhood and refined internal depths. the nature of Yahweh is located to be such a lot remarkable for its internal conflicts, with its frustrations, disappointments, soreness and suffering.
This groundbreaking booklet will stimulate many readers to a brand new appreciation of characterization within the Hebrew Bible.
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63 Perhaps, Anthony C. 64 d. Concluding Remarks The discussion in the previous sections provides a conceptual and methodological framework as well as the necessary operational tools toward a coherent methodology for this study. A consciousness about the intricacy of the interrelatedness of characterization, autobiography and internal profiling is of pivotal importance. Reading the characters in the 61. Cf. Spijker, Fictions of the Inner Life, p. 234; here imagination is referred to as ‘a step in a process of affective identification’.
Schrag, The Self after Postmodernity, p. 178. 105. H. Mead, Mind, Self and Society (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1934). 106. Mead, Mind, Self and Society, p. 134. 107. ), The Plural Self: Multiplicity in Everyday Life (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1999). 1 2. Methodological Considerations 33 self. This self-pluralist perspective sees the person as a multiplicity of subpersonalities, a plurality of existential possibilities or as a ‘being’ which is inextricably in-dialogue-with-others. This plural-self idea bears remarkable resemblance to the Bakhtinian notion of the ‘dialogical self’.
This does not mean that ancient Israel knew nothing about individuality, personal autonomy or initiative. 87 2. Self in interdisciplinary context. Discussions in the last section focus on the notion of self in antiquity,88 specifically on the Hebrew concept of selfhood and its expressions. As a conceptual tool for investigation into the inner life of Hebrew personalities, self (along with its interrelated core concepts such as self-identity and self-consciousness89) in its interdisciplinary context is an interpretive/reading link between the past and the contemporary understanding.
Through the 'I'-Window: The Inner Life of Characters in the Hebrew Bible by Barbara M. Leung Lai