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Tell Me, O Muse The Song of Deborah (Judges 5) in the Light of Heroic Poetry by Charles L. Echols

Tell Me, O Muse The Song of Deborah (Judges 5) in the Light of Heroic Poetry

Part of the The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies Series


Tell Me, O Muse The Song of Deborah (Judges 5) in the Light of Heroic Poetry by Charles L. Echols

This is a ground breaking analysis of the Song of Deborah through a comparative study of heroic poetry that elucidates the otherwise enigmatic role of Yahweh.The so-called Song of Deborah celebrates a decisive victory during the era of the Judges, and praises Jael and the Israelites for their defeat of a Canaanite coalition led by Sisera. Despite generations of scholarship, virtually every aspect of the poem remains disputed because it has been misunderstood in previous research. This study explains both the enigmatic role of Yahweh of the poem and its heroic ethos through a comparative study of heroic poetry.Over the last 30 years this pioneering series has established an unrivalled reputation for cutting-edge international scholarship in Biblical Studies and has attracted leading authors and editors in the field. The series takes many original and creative approaches to its subjects, including innovative work from historical and theological perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and more recent developments in cultural studies and reception history.


Reviewed in Religious Studies Review, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2010 (UK) 'An interesting re-examination of old issues in an attempt to pin down answers to still unanswered questions about the Song of Deborah'

About the Author

Charles L. Echols, Ph.D., is a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK and has research interests in the early history and religion of Israel. He lives in Stapleford, Cambridgeshire with his wife and daughter.

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Publication date

15th May 2008


Charles L. Echols

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


224 pages




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