"Why Ask My Name?": Anonymity and Identity in Biblical Narrative by Adele Reinhartz
English | Nov 12, 1998 | ISBN: 0195099702 | 240 Pages | PDF | 24 MB
Unnamed characters–such as Lot's wife, Jephthah's daughter, Pharaoh's baker, and the witch of Endor–are ubiquitous in the Hebrew Bible and appear in a wide variety of roles. Adele Reinhartz here seeks to answer two principal questions: first, is there a "poetics of anonymity," and if so, what are its contours? Second, how does anonymity affect the readers' response to and construction of unnamed biblical characters?