Style and Structure in Biblical Hebrew Narrative

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Liturgical Press, 2001 - Religion - 205 pages
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The pages of the Hebrew Bible are filled with stories - short and long, funny and sad, histories, fables, and morality tales. The ancient narrators used a variety of stylistic devices to structure, to connect, and to separate their tales - and thus to establish contexts within which meaning comes to light. What are these devices, and how do they guide our reading and our understanding of the text? Style and Structure in Biblical Hebrew Narrative explores some of the answers and shows scriptural interpretation can be a matter of style."

Part one of Style and Structure in Biblical Hebrew Narrative examines a wide variety of symmetrical patterns biblical Hebrew narrative uses to organize its units and subunits, and the interpretive dynamics those patterns can imply. Part two addresses the question of boundaries between literary units. Part three examines devices that biblical Hebrew narrative uses to connect consecutive literary units and subunits.

Chapters in Part One: Structures of Organization are "Reverse Symmetry," "Forward Symmetry," "Alternating Repetition," "Partial Symmetry," "Multiple Symmetry," "Asymmetry." Chapters in Part Two: Structures of Disjunction are "Narrative Components," "Repetition," and "Narrative Sequence." Chapters in Part Three: Structures of Conjunction are "Threads," "Links: Examples," "Linked Threads: Examples," "Hinges: Examples," and "Double-Duty Hinges: Examples."

Jerome T. Walsh, PhD, is a professor of theology and religious studies at the University of Botswana. He is the author of 1 Kings in the Berit Olam (The Everlasting Covenant) Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry series for which he is also an associate editor.

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Contents

Reverse Symmetry
13
B Chiastic symmetry
26
Forward Symmetry
35
Alternating Repetition
47
Partial Symmetry
57
B Framing inclusion
64
Complex inclusion
73
Multiple Symmetry
81
Change in narrative voice
140
B Repetition of subject nouns
150
The verb to be and verbless clauses
159
Broken narrative sequence interrupting a unit
166
A Threads
177
Linked threads
184
E Doubleduty hinges
188
Selected Bibliography
195

Asymmetry
101
B Noncorrespondence
107
Narrative Components
119

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Page xiii - JSOT Journal for the Study of the Old Testament JSOTSup Journal for the Study of the Old Testament — Supplement Series...
Page 7 - Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (New York: Basic Books, 1981).

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Jerome T. Walsh, PhD, is a professor of theology and religious studies at the University of Botswana. He is the author of 1 Kings in the Berit Olam (The Everlasting Covenant) Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry series for which he is also an associate editor.

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