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Bibil Identifier bibil:203155
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Closure in Samson
Author Broida, Marian
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 10, Issue: 2)
Undefined link Closure in Samson
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages -- Pages
Genre Original
Notes 33 pages.
Abstract In recent decades several scholars have argued for the coherence of Judges 13-16 based on its multiple internal thematic and structural parallels. Yet previous generations of scholars considered Judges 13-16 to be a loose cycle of stories. Exploration of the narrative’s closural mechanisms suggests two primary reasons that the episodes strike readers as disconnected: powerful closural devices at the ends of some individual units, particularly evident in 15:17-20, and a relative lack of cohesive ties between units, especially with regard to consistently-portrayed supporting characters and references to Samson’s hair. Samson’s redactors chose to build elaborate webs of thematic and structural connections rather than make a few simple changes that would enhance readers’ perception of a continuous plot. One plausible reason is that the redactors prioritized structural unity—specifically, a large-scale if atypical ring composition—over a coherent plot, with verse 15:20 enhancing, not hindering, the reader’s sense of coherence.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Premonarchical Period : Judges : Samson
Pericopes Judges 13-16
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