The Rhetoric of the Book of Judges, Volume 63
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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AND DEUTERONOMIC SCHEMATA
RHETORICAL CONCERNS OF JUDGES AS A LITERARY
THE RHETORICAL STRATEGY OF JUDGES
THE RHETORICAL SITUATION IMPLIED BY JUDGES
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