Reluctant Prophets

Episode 22 · March 4th, 2020 · 1 hr 29 mins

About this Episode

Jake and Phil are joined by novelist Daniel Torday to discuss Robert Alter's “A Literary Approach to the Bible,” alongside The Book of Jonah.

The Manifesto:
Robert Alter, “A Literary Approach to the Bible,” from The Art of Biblical Narrative

The Art:
The Book of Jonah

Works cited:

Amy Hungerford, Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960

Genesis 38, Judah and Tamar

Isaiah Berlin, Hume and the Sources of German Anti-Rationalism

Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Baba Metzia, page 59-a

Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

John Miles, Laughing at the Bible, Jonah as Parody

The Book of Job

The Book of Nahum

They Will Have to Die Now, James Verini, “Sennacherib’s boast“

The Book of Esther

St. Augustine on Jonah

Anonymous, Patience, translation by Richard Scott-Robinson

Charles Portis, True Grit

Daniel Torday, Boomer1

Daniel Torday, The Last Flight of Poxl West