April 24, 2013 Language Usage and Literary Layers in the Narrative of the Torah: Stylistics and Literary History

The “Divergence and Convergence” Research Group at the IIAS is pleased to invite you to a public lecture by Prof. Frank Polak, April 24, 2013 ,11:00,room 128.


Various different phenomena indicate that the narratives of the patriarchs in Genesis are based on an oral, epic substratum, comparable with epic poetry as found in Ugaritic texts. Particular attention will be paid to the syntactic-stylistic profile of these tales, which is radically different from the discourse profile of Deuteronomic and deuteronomistic prose, and points to oral prototypes.