By Burke O. Long
A vintage definition of etiological narrative in Greek mythology as formulated via M. P. Nilsson runs:
"... a story which seeks to provide an explanation for why anything has become, or why it has develop into such and such."
This basic formula is average and common, even if the literary results are considered with a main curiosity in anthropology, comparative faith and mythology, or comparative literature. The definition was once early utilized to Israelitic literature through outdated testomony students, and has endured to be regularly approved. this type of formula, despite the fact that, encourages the type of unfavorable evaluate of the historic worthy of etiological culture which A. Alt, for instance, gave. nonetheless, it speaks of a story's functionality with no describing these features which really show its total etiological function. One easily reconstructs a query — the hypothetical Kinderfrage — which a given fantasy, legend, or saga seeks to
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33a. L X X gives ορκοξ implying Hebrew (cf. Gen 21 31). Some others, notably Syriac and Vulgate, imply nyat? "abundance," attested in Ez 16 49 onV nsnfe. L. Köhler 101 takes MT to mean "abundance" and thus sides with the versions against the LXX102. Cf. ; Speiser, Genesis, 198 et al. " Already the promise motif (v. ) has been recognized as a later development. Cf. , and Westermann, Forschung, 11 £f. and 26. 100 Perhaps Gen 46 iff. reflect another variant. If so, the location is again given as Beersheba.
Rudolph, Der Elohist als Erzähler: Ein Irrweg der Pentateuchkritik ? 1933, 169; lately, L. Ruppert, Die Josephserzählung der Genesis, 1965, 70 and 86 f. Verse 52 is modified because of the close relationship with the preceding verse. The Qatal verb functions as a historical tense just as does the normally. Cf. von Rad, Genesis, 373. ) and a key word which is assonant with the name given to the child96. The substance of the word play varies, however. 52); once it is the direct result of divine action (29 32); once a verb descriptive of the future role of the child (5 29).
26 a) is quite pronounced, and shows the essential unity of the whole piece. The question remains, however, whether or not the name etymology is integral to the main traditions 67 . Certainly there are no serious grounds for suspecting a literary insertion here. But the text of v. 26 is disturbing. For one thing, there appear to be preserved two divergent etiological motifs: a pile of stones and a place name. Elsewhere, whenever Form II (or Form I or a mixed form) occurs with the explicit mention of a permanent effect existing "until this day," it is the effect itself which receives a name.