ISBN-10:
9023227387
ISBN-13:
9789023227380
Pub. Date:
01/01/1993
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Narrative Art and Poetry in the Books of Samuel: A full interpretation based on stylistic and structural analyses Volume IV. Vow and desire (I.Sam. 1-12)

Narrative Art and Poetry in the Books of Samuel: A full interpretation based on stylistic and structural analyses Volume IV. Vow and desire (I.Sam. 1-12)

by Jan Fokkelman

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ISBN-13: 9789023227380
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/1993
Series: Studia Semitica Neerlandica Series , #31
Pages: 664
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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Highlights in the stylistic and structural analyses offered here involve:

– the Song of Hannah, whose taut structure of seven strophes and three stanzas is brought to light. The poem forms the matrix of the total composition, and its significance for what follows is explored in depth.

– The birth of Samuel and the momentous naming by his mother at the end of ch.1 have a counterpart at the end of ch.4, when Ichabod is born whereas his mother dies. Thus Act 1 ends after four chapters, not three. There is no such thing as an independent Ark Narrative.

– Up to now chapters 8-12 on the inauguration of the monarchy (= Act III) have been dismantled by diachronic means. This is quite wrong. In fact the units form an ABABA series, in which the stories, in the strict sense of the word, take up B positions. They are 9:1-10:16 and 11:1-13 (not v.15) and both have been crafted with perfect symmetry.

– The units in 8, 10:17-27 and 11:14-12:25 systematically develop the idea of the monarchy. They do this, however, on the basis of the laborious and painful process which the reluctant prophet undergoes. Samuel supports an exclusive model of kingship, but is forced by his lord to evolve towards the inclusive model which has room for a human being as king (though still under the law of God).

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