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Bibil Identifier bibil:260992
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Today' in Deuteronomy
Title (English, ) A Narrative Metalepsis
Author Sonnet, Jean-Pierre
Journal Biblica (Volume: 101, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2020
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2020
Year (Copyright) 2020
Year (Reference) 2020
Year (Second publication) 2020
Language English
Pages 498-518 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In its narrative, rhetorical, and pragmatic aspects, the trajectory of the deictic expression 'today' in Deuteronomy reveals what the book is all about: a progressive merging of represented and representing time (and communication). Or, to use the category coined by Gérard Genette, it is a 'metalepsis', 'the transgression of a line of demarcation that authors usually do not touch, namely the ‘shifting but sacred frontier between two worlds, the world in which one tells, the world of which one tells’' (Dorrit Cohn). Purposeful uses of the expression by Moses, in past, present, and future references and by the narrator conjointly build Deuteronomy’s climactic moment, 'today', as the urgent time of decision.
DOI 10.2143/BIB.101.4.3289117
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Deuteronomy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
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