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Ethics and Biblical Narrative: A Literary and Discourse-Analytical Approach to the Story of Josiah

S. Min Chun


This book proposes a methodological framework for an ethical reading of Old Testament narrative and demonstrates its benefits and validity by providing an exemplary reading of the story of Josiah in Kings. Part I delineates the meaning of ‘ethical reading’ practised in the work. The theoretical framework is critically adopted from Martha Nussbaum. This approach to ethics does not extract general rules out of the story; rather, it allows the reader to appreciate the world of the story itself, which is analogous with real life. Part II expounds ‘synchronic literary criticism anchored in discours ... More

Keywords: Old Testament narrative, Old Testament ethics, narrative ethics, discourse analysis, Josiah, Nussbaum, practical wisdom, literary criticism, contingency, ethical improvisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688968
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Min Chun, author
Assistant Professor of Worldview and Biblical Studies, Vancouver Institute for Evangelical Worldview, Langley, BC, Canada