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  • 1.
    Forsling, Josef
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    Bland dokument, fragment och berättelser: Pentateuken som kanon och litterärt verk2018In: Ordet är dig mycket nära: tolkningar av Gamla testamentet idag / [ed] Olsson, Birger och James Starr, Skellefteå: Artos & Norma bokförlag, 2018, p. 84-94Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Forsling, Josef
    Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Theology. Åbo Akademi University.
    Composite Artistry in the Book of Numbers: A Study in Biblical Narrative Conventions2013Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The present thesis discusses the coherence or lack of coherence in the book of Numbers, with special regard to its narrative features. The fragmented nature of Numbers is a well-known problem in research on the book, affecting how we approach and interpret it, but to date there has not been any thorough investigation of the narrative features of the work and how they might contribute to the coherence or the lack of coherence in the book. The discussion is pursued in light of narrative theory, and especially in connection to three parameters that are typically understood to be invoked in the interpretation of narratives: 1) a narrative paradigm, or ‘story,’ meaning events related to each other temporally, causally, and thematically, in a plot with a beginning, middle, and end; 2) discourse, being the expression plane of a narrative, or the devices that an author has at hand in constructing a narrative; 3) the situation or language-game of the narrative, prototypical examples being factual reports, which seeks to depict a state of affairs, and storytelling narratives, driven by a demand for tellability. In view of these parameters the present thesis argues that it is reasonable to form four groups to describe the narrative material of Numbers: genuine narratives (e.g. Num 12), independent narrative sequences (e.g. Num 5:1-4), instrumental scenes and situations (e.g. Num 27:1-5), and narrative fragments (e.g. Num 18:1). These groups are mixed throughout with non-narrative materials. Seen together, however, the narrative features of these groups can be understood to create an attenuated narrative sequence from beginning to end in Numbers, where one thing happens after another. This sequence, termed the ‘larger story’ of Numbers, concerns the wandering of Israel from Sinai to Moab. Furthermore, the larger story has a fragmented plot. The end-point is fixed on the promised land, Israel prepares for the wandering towards it (Num 1-10), rebels against wandering and the promise and is sent back into the wilderness (Num 13-14), returns again after forty years (Num 21ff.), and prepares for conquering the land (Num 22-36). Finally, themes of the promised land, generational succession, and obedience-disobedience, operate in this larger story. Purity is also a significant theme in the book, albeit not connected to plot in the larger story. All in all, sequence, plot, and theme in the larger story of Numbers can be understood to bring some coherence to the book. However, neither aspect entirely subsumes the whole book, and the four groups of narrative materials can also be understood to underscore the incoherence of the work in differentiating its variegated narrative contents. Numbers should therefore be described as an anthology of different materials that are loosely connected through its narrative features in the larger story, with the aim of informing Israelite identity by depicting a certain period in the early history of the people.

  • 3.
    Forsling, Josef
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    Recension av Danna Nolan Fewell, red., Oxford Handbook of Biblical Narrative (Oxford  University Press, 2016)2017In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 82Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Forsling, Josef
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    Recension av Jan C. Gertz mfl. red., The Formation of the Pentateuch (Tübingen: Mohr  Siebeck, 2016)2018In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 83Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Forsling, Josef
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    Recension av Klaus-Peter Adam, Friedrich Avemarie och Nili Wazana, red., Law and  Narrative in the Bible and in Neighbouring Ancient Cultures (FAT 2:54,  Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012)2013In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 78Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Forsling, Josef
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    Recension av Peter Halldorf, Alla himlens fåglar har flytt: Profeten Jeremia i sin egen tid och  i vår (Skellefteå: Artos, 2018)2019In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 84Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Forsling, Josef
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    The Facts of Life before God and the Prophetic Peculiarity.: Three Illness Narratives of the  Hebrew Bible2017In: Diegesis, E-ISSN 2195-2116, no 6, p. 32-51Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is a canonical text for many including its portrayals of illness. This article explores the narrative representation of illness in three longer narratives in the Hebrew Bible by means of a close reading. The narratives are all legends of some sort and involve terminal or impossible illnesses and the prophet. In 2 Kings 4 the story revolves around illness as an enigma and involves the motifs of hospitality, responsibility, and empowerment in an ever expanding plot. In 2 Kings 5 leprosy as an incurable disease stands at the center and the story develops through several contrasting motifs including greatness, simplicity, and humility. In 2 Kings 20/Isaiah 38 illness is a death warrant leading to bitterness, and the story probes the necessity and honesty of prayer. Two common traits in the narratives are prayer and argument as a response to illness, and the status of the prophet as a health care consultant.

  • 8.
    Forsling, Josef
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    The Incoherence of the Book of Numbers in Narrative Perspective2013In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, p. 93-106Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Suggests that narrative features bring some coherence to the book of Numbers, but not total. The narrative features are here here sorted into four rough groups, which both contribute to and disrupt the coherence of the work. The article is a prequel to my doctoral thesis.

  • 9.
    Forsling, Josef
    et al.
    University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
    Wenell, FredrikGustavsson, Caroline
    ‘Man ska vara sig själv’: En bok om ungdomar, tro och delaktighet2019Collection (editor) (Other academic)
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