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Bibil Identifier bibil:227311
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Thematic irony in the story of Susanna
Author Kanonge, Dichk M.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 69, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 6 pages.
Abstract It is commonly held that irony features significantly in Susanna. This seemingly plausible hypothesis, however, has not yet been supported by compelling evidence resulting from a systematic analysis of Susanna. This study attempts to fill this gap by investigating the main ironic expressions, words and incidents featuring in Susanna. The approach followed consists of uncovering expressions of irony embedded in the story by paying attention to ironic use of metaphor, ironic use of wordplay, ironic use of rhetorical questions, ironic understatements (e.g. litotes), ironic exaggeration (e.g. hyperbole), ironic use of social conventions and traditions and ironic attribution. It is the contention of this study that Susanna is a thematically ironic story. The use of reversed social conventions is the most powerful and the most abundant expression of irony in the story. This dominant derisive technique is possibly aimed at addressing the irrelevance as well as the abuse of Jewish social conventions in the Second Temple period.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v69i1.1255
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Irony
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Litotes
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Hyperbole
Pericopes Susanna 13
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