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Treats narrative portions of the Old Testament as dramatics texts that can be analyzed in terms of dialogue, stage directions, and characterization. Discusses the role of women, both as despised pictures and as proto-feminist models, the prophets as performers, the nature of political leadership, and the figure of God as the protagonist. Levy is chairman of the department of theater arts at Tel Aviv University. Distributed by ISBS.
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Although the Old Testament has been thoroughly analyzed as liternaure, and many oif its highly dramatic chapters, stories, poetry and prophecies have been adapted for theatre, the Bible as Theatre has hardly been handled. As a threshold-medium, ancient theatre hovered between the holy and the profane. The hostility the Hebrews expressed toward the indecencies of theatre was the result of religious, cultural and economic oppression they suffered from Greeks, Romans and other peoples whose theatre was well developed. This book shows that the real fear the ancient Hebrews felt was not of the gaudy aspects of theatre but of its highly creative potential as a reval Creator. This work is dedicated to the theatrical potential of the Old Testament, exposing a refined sense of theatricality.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781898723509
Author:
Levy
Publisher:
Sussex Academic Press
Editor:
Levy, Shimon
Author:
Levy, Shimon
Subject:
Theater
Subject:
Narration in the Bible
Subject:
Religious & Liturgical
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Drama-Religious Drama
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Although the Old Testament has been thoroughly analyzed as liternaure, and many oif its highly dramatic chapters, stories, poetry and prophecies have been adapted for theatre, the Bible as Theatre has hardly been handled. As a threshold-medium, ancient theatre hovered between the holy and the profane. The hostility the Hebrews expressed toward the indecencies of theatre was the result of religious, cultural and economic oppression they suffered from Greeks, Romans and other peoples whose theatre was well developed. This book shows that the real fear the ancient Hebrews felt was not of the gaudy aspects of theatre but of its highly creative potential as a reval Creator. This work is dedicated to the theatrical potential of the Old Testament, exposing a refined sense of theatricality.
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