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Author Zeelander, Susan

Title Closure in Biblical Narrative
Published Leiden : BRILL, 2011


Description 1 online resource (248 pages)
Contents Preface; Notes on Translation, Transliteration, and Documentary Source Attributions; Chapter One Introduction; 1.1. Introduction; 1.2. The Narrative Endings; 1.3. Narratives in the Study; 1.4. Closural Devices in the Cain and Abel Story; 1.5. The Phenomenon of Ritual as a Closing Device; 1.6. Popular and Academic Interest in "Closure"; 1.7. Relevant Literary Studies; 1.8. How this Book is Organized; Appendix to Chapter 1: Narratives in This Study; Chapter Two Issues and Methods; 2.1. Overview; 2.2. Delimiting a Narrative, Using Narratology; 2.2.1. Defining a Narrative
2.2.2. The Beginning and End-Points of a Narrative, and Its "End-Section"2.2.3. Causal Steps in a Plot--The Kafalenos Approach; 2.2.4. The Kafalenos Paradigm; 2.2.5. Equilibrium as a Marker of Beginning and End; 2.2.6. Using the Kafalenos System to Delimit Gen 23, Abraham's Purchase of a Burial Site; 2.2.7. Finding an Embedded Narrative Using the Kafalenos System: Gen 2-3, The Creation and Adam and Eve; 2.2.8. What Happens after the Transformation; 2.3. Alternate Approaches for Delimiting a Narrative; 2.3.1. Yairah Amit and Robert Alter; 2.3.2. Masoretic Tradition
2.4. Artistic and Didactic Strategy in a Biblical Narrative Ending2.4.1. Moshe Greenberg and Robert Alter: Close Reading of a Biblical Text; 2.4.2. Shimon Bar-Ephrat and Closing Formulas; 2.4.3. Aharon Mirsky and Modified Syntax; 2.4.4. Isaac B. Gottlieb and the Ends of Biblical Books; 2.4.5. Adele Berlin and "Time-Bridges"; 2.5. The Documentary Sources; 2.5.1. J and P Endings in the Flood Story: Gen 6-9; 2.5.2. Efffect of a Source Insertion on the Next Narrative's End: Gen 12; 2.5.3. Addition of an Altar Ritual to a P-Source Narrative: Gen 35:9-15; Chapter Three Repetition
3.1. Introduction3.2. Repetition in Biblical Narrative; 3.3. Repetition: What It Is and Why It Works; 3.3.1. Repetition Defined; 3.3.2. Precision; 3.3.3. Time; 3.4. How Repetitions Contribute to Closure; 3.4.1. Truthfulness and the Integrity of the Narrative; 3.4.2. Natural Ending Places; 3.4.3. Remembering; 3.4.4. Iteration: A Type of Repetition; 3.4.5. Frames: A Repetitive Structure; 3.4.6. Repetition that Does Not Lead to Closure; 3.5. Closural Repetitions in End-Sections of the Genesis Narratives; 3.5.1. Closural Repetition and the New Equilibrium; 3.5.2. Integrity and Truthfulness
3.5.3. Stopping the Forward Momentum of a Narrative by 'Heaping Up'3.5.4. Revealing the Author's Didactic Interests; 3.5.5. Aesthetic Repetitions, Including Poetry, and Readers' Enjoyment; 3.6. Conclusion; Chapter Four Linguistic Devices; 4.1. Introduction; 4.2. Summaries: Recapitulation and Didactics; 4.2.1. Summaries in Epilogues; 4.2.2. Summaries from Diffferent Documentary Sources; 4.2.3. Single-Word Summaries; 4.3. Unqualified Assertions; 4.3.1. Absolute Words; 4.3.2. Hyperbole; 4.4. Tone of Authority; 4.5. Natural Stopping Points and Their Linguistic Motifs
Summary Multiple and sometimes unexpected forms of closure in biblical narratives bring their stories to satisfactory close. Knowledge of these conventions and how they affect their stories is valuable to students of Bible and of narrative
Notes 4.5.1. The Motif of Goal Completed
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SUBJECT Bible. Genesis -- Criticism, Narrative
Bible. Genesis fast
Subject Closure (Rhetoric) in the Bible.
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
Closure (Rhetoric) in the Bible
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789004221307