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Novel Histories: The Fiction of Biblical Criticism
Roland Boer
Publication Date
July 2008


Boer “provides a quite brilliant treatment of a number of approaches to literature bearing on the Bible which constitutes a very fine piece of metacommentary on the Bible. … Running through it are little stories and imagined dialogues which give to the book its postmodernist feel and which very much contributed to this reader’s hope that this kind of writing about the Bible will prove to be one of the ways forward into the next century for Biblical Studies.”
— R. P. Carroll, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament

“Roland Boer has written a book that exemplifies a new kind of commentary on biblical texts, one that reflects more the climate in which biblical scholarship now situates itself. … I think that the notion of interspersing one’s own personal imaginative renderings within the course of biblical interpretation is exactly the right thing to do at this juncture.”
— David Penchansky, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

“Biblical studies can only benefit from this book. For it is a serious attempt to locate the biblical critic within a wider intellectual, political and cultural environment, and to rescue that often extremely isolated scholar from a self-imposed exile from the broader critical world. … At the same time it offers provocative insights into the relationship between realism, modernism and postmodernism, while always playing its own part within the drama which it is describing.”
— David Jasper, Biblical Interpretation

Roland Boer is Reader in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University. In addition to authoring various books, including Jameson and Jeroboam (Society of Biblical Literature) and Criticism of Heaven (Brill), he is the managing editor of The Bible and Critical Theory.