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Bibil Identifier bibil:222497
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Type-Scene Connection between Genesis 38 and the Joseph Story
Author Kruschwitz, Jonathan
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 383-410 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract To many readers Genesis 38 seems incongruous with the Joseph story that envelops it. Yet structural and thematic elements shared between both stories reveal a type-scene connection that renders the stories' adjacent placement meaningful. In its concentrated plot replete with irony, Genesis 38 operates as a lens through which its audience might better understand the longer—but similarly shaped and irony-filled—plot of the Joseph story. In this study a preparatory review of relevant methodological concerns—including the narrative phenomena of irony, peripeteia (reversal), and anagnorisis (recognition)—facilitates in providing a basic illustration of the type-scene to which both stories adhere. This ‘counter-deceiver’ type-scene consists primarily of the following chain of events: an act of deception, an act of counter-deception, a confession or acknowledgment of wrongdoing, and a final anagnorisis. Because irony represents an ingredient integral to these events, tracing its presence in the two stories confirms as well as clarifies the contours of the type-scene.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212438003
Pericopes Genesis 38
Genesis 37-50
Last modification 2012-06-29