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By Shimon Bar-Efrat

This ebook bargains a scientific and complete evaluation of the elemental literary facets of biblical narrative, investigating the features and issues of view of the narrator, the shaping of characters, the constitution of the plot, time and house, and at last the fashion. Many examples are supplied to explain the problems mentioned in addition to to shed clean mild at the narratives.

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33). So the man seized his concubine, and put her out to them; and they knew her, and abused her (Judg. 25). 34 Narrative Art in the Bible So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel (2 Sam. 6). 8). The words which have been emphasized are not neutral but are imbued with a powerful positive or negative charge and thus, while giving what appears to be a factual account of events, the narrator's attitude is transmitted. Narrators have at their disposal two principal ways of presenting events in the narrative (these form either end of a continuum, with intermediate points between them).

1 Sam. 14). His object is to indicate his unimportance in no uncertain terms, and thus dissuade Saul from continuing to hunt him. David is 'characterized' four times by means of the phrase, 'as an angel of God' (this simile is not used in connection with anyone else in the Bible). Achish the king of Gath, says to him: 'I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God; nevertheless the commanders of the Philistines have said, "He shall not go up with us to the battle'" (1 Sam. 9).

33). in referring to people and places is neither accidental nor devoid of significance. Whenever the characters use direct speech in the narrative their point of view is, naturally, reflected. In these instances the narrator's existence is least apparent, being pushed aside and becoming practically imperceptible. When the characters' voices are heard the narrator's voice is silent; and then to all intents and purposes the narrator is absent. , making it clear that we hear the characters' conversations only by virtue of the narrator's assistance.

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