© 1998

New Stories for Old

Biblical Patterns in the Novel

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Part of the Cross-Currents in Religion and Culture book series (CCRC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introductory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harold Fisch
      Pages 3-22
  3. Biblical Realism and the English Novel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Harold Fisch
      Pages 25-40
    3. Harold Fisch
      Pages 58-77
  4. Job in Modern Fiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Harold Fisch
      Pages 81-99
    3. Harold Fisch
      Pages 100-115
  5. Isaac Unbound

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Harold Fisch
      Pages 133-153
    3. Harold Fisch
      Pages 154-192
    4. Harold Fisch
      Pages 193-215
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 216-236

About this book


Harold Fisch explores the biblical influence on the style and structure of landmark works by Fielding, Defoe, George Eliot, Kafka, Dostoevsky and others. Whilst the great novelists could not manage without the Bible, at the same time 'it would not do'. The book concludes with two chapters on the Israeli novelists S.Y. Agnon and A.B. Yehoshua.


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About the authors

HAROLD FISCH, now Professor Emeritus in English Literature at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, was rector of that university from 1968-1971. A graduate of Sheffield and Oxford, he has taught at Leeds University and has been a guest lecturer at Brown, Yale, Maryland and elsewhere. He is well-known as a scholar and critic with an equal mastery of English literature and Hebrew and biblical studies. Among his publications are: Jerusalem and Albion: the Hebraic Factor in Seventeenth Century Literature, Hamlet and the Word: the Covenant Pattern in Shakespeare, A Remembered Future: a Study in Literary Mythology, and Poetry with a Purpose: Biblical Poetics and Interpretation.

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