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New Book by Daniel Vorpahl – Aus dem Leben des Buches Jona: Rezeptionswissenschaftliche Methodik und innerjüdischer Rezeptionsdiskurs

March 2, 2021

Daniel Vorpahl’s Aus dem Leben des Buches Jona: Rezeptionswissenschaftliche Methodik und innerjüdischer Rezeptionsdiskurs (SBR 17, De Gruyter 2021) provides an innovative method for the study of reception in between the fields of literary and religious studies, and gives an illustrative example of its practice through analysis of one of the strangest books of the Bible.

In order to distinguish from terms like history of effects or history of interpretation Vorpahl puts forth a new approach to the definition of reception and its methodical study. He combines premises of the New Historicism with exegetical procedures and analytical terms from religious studies into a comparative literary study of the dynamics of traditions. In an exemplary examination of the early Jewish and rabbinic receptions of the prophetic book of Jonah, Vorpahl contextualizes their sources in terms of discourse analysis and scrutinizes them in a comparative manner along uniform analysis categories. In this way he succeeds in portraying narrative-dynamic negotiation processes of the intra-Jewish reception discourse on the book of Jonah, and proves the potential of his method for the study of reception.

Daniel Vorpahl’s book stands betwixt and between the academic fields of Biblical Studies, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies and Literary Studies, while contributing a methodological enrichment for all of them.

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