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Bibil Identifier bibil:117195
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Confused Language as a Deliberate Literary Device in Biblical Hebrew Narrative
Author Rendsburg, Gary A.
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 2, Issue: 6)
Year (Publication) 1999
Year (Copyright) 1999
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 1999
Year (Reference) 1999
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 20 pages.
Abstract This article presents a paradigm example of confused language in an ancient Near Eastern literary text, the Egyptian tale of “The Shipwrecked Sailor.” It explains the pertinent passage as a clever literary device in which confused and irregular syntax is utilized to portray the confusion that characterized the moment of the shipwreck. It then proceeds to treat seven biblical passages where similarly confused language is invoked to portray confusion, excitement, or bewilderment. Two of these passages have been treated previously in the secondary literature: 1 Sam 9:12-13 and Ruth 2:7. The five new treatments concern Gen 37:28, Gen 37:30, Judg 18:14-20, 1 Sam 14:21, and 1 Sam 17:38.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Literature : Myths and Narratives
Pericopes 1 Samuel 9,12-9,13
Ruth 2,7
Genesis 37,28
Genesis 37,30
Judges 18,14-18,20
1 Samuel 14,21
1 Samuel 17,38
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