A. Philip Brown II has given us a treat in his published dissertation, Hope Amidst Ruin: A Literary and Theological Analysis of Ezra. If you like biblical theology that is sensitive to the literary features of the biblical authors, you’ll love this book.
One of the aspects of this book that I most appreciated was the way that Brown provided crisp definitions and descriptions of things like plot, point of view, and characterization. It reminded me of listening to the lectures of one of my favorite literature profs at the University of Arkansas, Skip Hays.
Over the next few days I’ll post my notes on what Brown says about plot, point of view, and characterization. Excellent stuff, and the description of Ezra’s theology is even better. I recommend you buy this book and read it.