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Title:
Style and structure in biblical Hebrew narrative
Author:
Walsh, Jerome T., 1942-
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Publication Information:
Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xiv, 205 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Michael Glazier book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780814658970
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Book

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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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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Part I Structures of Organization
Symmetry and asymmetryp. 7
Repeated elementsp. 8
Organizing elements and organized unitsp. 10
Balance of subunitsp. 11
Interpretationp. 11
1. Reverse Symmetryp. 13
A. Concentric symmetryp. 15
1. Numbers 12:13p. 15
2. 1 Kings 1:33-35p. 15
3. Leviticus 24:13-23p. 16
4. Jonah 1p. 18
5. 2 Chronicles 25:1-28p. 20
6. Genesis 2:4b-3:24p. 21
7. 1 and 2 Kingsp. 23
8. 1 Kings 1:1-2:12ap. 25
B. Chiastic symmetryp. 26
1. 1 Kings 19:14p. 26
2. Genesis 12:16bp. 27
3. Genesis 9:6ap. 27
4. 1 Kings 21:1-16p. 28
5. 2 Kings 8:7-9:13p. 29
6. 1 Chronicles 11:1-12:41p. 30
7. Genesis 25:12-35:26p. 31
2. Forward Symmetryp. 35
1. Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:1-31p. 37
2. 1 Kings 11:1-8p. 38
3. Genesis 2:18-25p. 39
4. 1 Kings 11:31-39p. 41
5. 2 Kings 9:14-11:20p. 43
3. Alternating Repetitionp. 47
1. 1 Kings 2:36-46ap. 48
2. Genesis 12:1p. 49
3. 1 Samuel 1:12-13p. 50
4. 1 Kings 20:16-21p. 50
5. 2 Kings 17:6-41p. 52
6. 1 Samuel 8:1-12:25p. 54
4. Partial Symmetryp. 57
Inclusionp. 57
Epitomep. 59
A. Internal inclusionp. 60
1. 1 Kings 2:38b, 41p. 60
2. 1 Kings 1:24-27p. 61
3. Esther 5:9-14p. 61
4. Ruth 4:9-11ap. 63
B. Framing inclusionp. 64
1. 1 Kings 2:12b, 46bp. 64
2. Genesis 18:16, 22p. 65
3. 1 Samuel 15:10-12, 34-35p. 65
4. 1 Kings 12:30-31; 13:33-34p. 67
5. 1 Kings 6:1-9:10p. 68
C. External inclusionp. 69
1. 2 Samuel 14:24, 28p. 69
2. Genesis 37:36; 39:1p. 70
3. Exodus 6:10-13, 26-30p. 71
D. Complex inclusionp. 73
1. 1 Kings 4:1-20, 21-25p. 73
2. Genesis 1p. 74
3. Regnal formulasp. 74
E. Introductory epitomep. 76
1. Genesis 10:1p. 76
2. 1 Kings 18:1p. 77
F. Concluding epitomep. 78
1. Genesis 2:1p. 78
2. Exodus 3:14-15p. 78
5. Multiple Symmetryp. 81
A. Composite symmetryp. 82
1. 1 Kings 5:1-12p. 82
2. 1 Kings 6:9-36p. 84
3. 2 Kings 18-20p. 85
B. Complex symmetryp. 88
1. Ruth 1-4p. 88
2. Genesis 11:27-22:24p. 89
3. 1 Kings 1-11p. 92
C. Compound symmetryp. 94
1. Genesis 11:1-9p. 94
2. 2 Kings 17:25-34ap. 96
3. 2 Kings 21:19-26p. 97
6. Asymmetryp. 101
A. Unmatched subunitp. 103
1. 1 Kings 2:39p. 103
2. 1 Kings 18:9-14p. 103
3. Genesis 1:26-28p. 105
4. Genesis 21:1-7p. 106
B. Non-correspondencep. 107
1. 2 Kings 2:25p. 107
2. 1 Kings 1:33-35p. 108
3. 1 Kings 11:31-39p. 108
C. Transpositionp. 110
1. Exodus 6:10-13, 26-30p. 110
2. Genesis 1-11p. 111
3. 1 Kings 3:16-4:34; 9:26-10:29p. 113
Part II Structures of Disjunction
7. Narrative Componentsp. 119
Charactersp. 120
Setting: localep. 122
Setting: timep. 122
Narrative voicep. 124
A. Change in charactersp. 125
1. 1 Kings 2:1-10p. 125
2. 2 Kings 7:3-11p. 126
3. 1 Kings 1:15-37p. 128
4. Ruth 2:1-3:18p. 129
5. 1 Kings 18:21-40p. 131
B. Change in setting: localep. 132
1. 2 Kings 10:12-17p. 132
2. 2 Kings 18-20p. 132
3. Genesis 18p. 133
4. 1 Kings 18:6-16p. 134
5. Numbers 20:22-21:20p. 135
C. Change in setting: timep. 135
1. Genesis 24p. 135
2. 1 Kings 2:39p. 138
3. Genesis 22:4p. 139
4. 2 Kings 18:13p. 139
5. 1 Kings 18:3-4p. 139
D. Change in narrative voicep. 140
1. 1 Kings 18:12c-13p. 140
2. 1 Kings 21:20-26p. 141
3. 1 Kings 3:16-28p. 141
8. Repetitionp. 145
A. Repetition of informationp. 147
1. Genesis 5:32; 6:9-10p. 147
2. 2 Kings 8:28-9:2; 9:14-16p. 148
3. 1 Samuel 17:12ap. 149
B. Repetition of subject nounsp. 150
1. Genesis 21:25p. 150
2. 1 Kings 12:26p. 150
3. 1 Chronicles 14:3bp. 151
C. Interruptions of discoursep. 152
1. Exodus 5:4-5p. 152
2. Exodus 3:14-15p. 152
3. 1 Kings 22:28bp. 153
9. Narrative Sequencep. 155
Narrative tense and simple pastp. 155
Breaks in narrative sequencep. 157
The verb "to be" and verbless clausesp. 159
A. Broken narrative sequence beginning a unitp. 160
1. Genesis 3:1p. 160
2. Genesis 18:17p. 160
3. Exodus 3:1p. 160
4. Genesis 4:1-2p. 161
5. Jonah 1:4p. 162
6. Genesis 39:1-6p. 162
B. Broken narrative sequence ending a unitp. 162
1. Genesis 1p. 162
2. Genesis 2:25p. 163
3. 1 Samuel 15:34p. 163
4. 1 Kings 18:6bp. 163
5. 1 Kings 17p. 164
6. 2 Samuel 18:18p. 165
C. Broken narrative sequence interrupting a unitp. 166
1. Ruth 1:14bp. 166
2. Jonah 1:10bp. 166
3. Genesis 23:10ap. 167
4. 1 Kings 13:1-10p. 168
5. Genesis 41:47-42:5p. 169
Part III Structures of Conjunction
A. Threadsp. 177
1. Genesis 2:4b-3:24; 4:1-16p. 177
2. 1 Kings 1-11p. 178
3. Judges 17-21p. 179
4. 1 Kings 13p. 179
5. Genesis 18-19p. 180
B. Linksp. 182
1. Genesis 2:25; 3:1p. 182
2. 1 Kings 20:43; 21:4p. 182
3. 2 Kings 2:25; 3:1p. 182
4. Judges 8:33; 9:4p. 183
5. Ezra 3:13; 4:1p. 183
6. Genesis 16:16; 17:1p. 183
C. Linked threadsp. 184
1. 1 Kings 12:25p. 184
2. Ruth 1:22p. 184
3. Regnal formulasp. 184
4. Between booksp. 185
5. 1 Kings 1-2p. 186
D. Hingesp. 186
1. Genesis 26:33-35; 27:1p. 186
2. Genesis 2:4p. 187
3. Genesis 23:1-25:11p. 187
E. Double-duty hingesp. 188
1. 2 Kings 17:6p. 188
2. 2 Kings 2:15bp. 188
3. 1 Kings 11:26-43p. 189
Conclusionp. 191
Selected Bibliographyp. 195
Author Indexp. 199
Subject Indexp. 200
Scripture Indexp. 202

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