The Rhetoric of the Book of Judges, Volume 63

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BRILL, 1996 - 541 pages
This volume describes how the rhetorical devices used in Judges inspire its readers to support a divinely appointed Judahite king who endorses the deuteronomic agenda to rid the land of foreigners, to maintain inter-tribal loyalty to YHWH's cult, and to uphold social justice. Matters of rhetorical concern interpreted here include the superimposed cycle-motif and tribal-political schemata, concerns reflected in the plot-layers of each hero story, the force of narrative analogy for characterization, the strategy of entrapment which foreshadows portrayals of Saul and David in 1 Samuel, and the relation between Judges' implied situation of composition and its compiler's intention. In addition to offering new insights into the rhetorical strategy of the Judges compiler, this book illustrates a new method for understanding how plot-layered stories work.

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Contents

AND DEUTERONOMIC SCHEMATA
10
RHETORICAL CONCERNS OF JUDGES AS A LITERARY
58
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190
THE RHETORICAL STRATEGY OF JUDGES
268
THE RHETORICAL SITUATION IMPLIED BY JUDGES
305
Conclusion
342
Scribal Developments and the Rhetoric
369
A Compilational Stratigraphy of the Text
385
Bibliography
486
Index of Biblical References
505
Index of Authors
536
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Robert H. O'Connell, Th.D. (1989) in Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. (1993) in Divinity, University of Cambridge, is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Colorado Christian University.

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