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By Professor Robert S. Kawashima

Knowledgeable through literary conception and Homeric scholarship in addition to biblical reports, Biblical Narrative and the demise of the Rhapsode sheds new mild at the Hebrew Bible and, extra ordinarily, at the chances of narrative shape. Robert S. Kawashima compares the narratives of the Hebrew Bible with Homeric and Ugaritic epic with a purpose to account for the "novelty" of biblical prose narrative. lengthy ahead of Herodotus or Homer, Israelite writers practiced an leading edge narrative artwork, which expected the fashionable novelist's craft. notwithstanding their paintings is undeniably associated with the linguistic culture of the Ugaritic narrative poems, there are important changes among the our bodies of labor. Kawashima perspectives biblical narrative because the results of a in particular written verbal artwork that we must always counterpose to the oral-traditional paintings of epic. past this strictly ancient thesis, the examine has theoretical implications for the examine of narrative, literature, and oral tradition.Indiana reports in Biblical Literature -- Herbert Marks, basic Editor

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To account further for Barak’s lackluster role, he also imagines him as a dif¤dent, almost unwilling, military commander. ) Deborah, then, must have provided the impetus for battle; she was a prophetess whose oracular command set Barak in motion. But Barak, no longer just an agent but a person, questions her prophetic authority, so that in order to persuade him to act, she must vouchsafe the authenticity of her oracular word by physically accompanying her protégé into battle. ) But for this assurance Barak must pay a price: his honor shall go to a woman.

One should note that a heavy, metal tent peg (cf. Exod. 27:19 and 38:20) could very well have served as a makeshift weapon. 22 According to Halpern, the writer repeats this performance in the same passage with regard to the drink: “[T]he couplet, ‘Water he asked; milk she provided,’ read as poetry, carries no implication of a speci¤c request or of a speci¤c libation. It means, ‘Sisera requested and received a drink’” (“Israelite Historian,” 389). The writer, however, again takes the song at its word, this time resulting in Jael’s ostensibly lavish hospitality.

Lord and his teacher Milman Parry employed to identify the Homeric epics as oraltraditional narratives; or one might look for a preponderance of obscurities, a type of dense allusivity that necessitates the external clari¤cation of an oral-traditional context. The prose story of Judges 4 betrays no sense of a formulaic diction; neither does it present the contemporary audience with especially dif¤cult obscurities. 16 In fact, one does ¤nd in the Bible prose specimens of those opaque narratives that Bynum mentions: brief, tantalizingly vague episodes often noteworthy precisely for their fairy-tale quality.

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