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Narrative critics of the Hebrew Bible often describe the biblical narrators as “laconic,” “terse,” or “economical.” The narrators generally remain in the background, allowing the story to proceed while relying on characters and dialogue to provide necessary information to readers. On those occasions when these narrators add notes to their stories, scholars may characterize such interruptions as “asides” or redactions.

Christopher T. Paris calls attention to just these narrative interruptions, in which the story teller “breaks frame” to provide information about a character or even in order to direct reader understanding and, Paris argues, to prevent undesirable construals or interpretations of the story.

Paris focuses on the Deuteronomistic History. Here the narrator occasionally obtrudes into the narrative to manage or deflect anticipated reader questions and assumptions in an interpretive stance that Paris compares with the commentary provided by later rabbis and in the Targums. Attention to narrative obtrusion offers an entry point into the world of the narrator, Paris argues, and thus promises to redefine aspects of narrative criticism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Narrative Economy, Artistry, and the Literary Imagination
  2. pp. 7-34
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  1. 2. Omniscience and Obtrusiveness
  2. pp. 35-68
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  1. 3. The Narrative Obstrusion of Judges 14:4
  2. pp. 69-100
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  1. 4. Reader Response, Narrator Foresight, and Foreclosure
  2. pp. 101-128
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  1. 5. Selected Examples of Omniscience and Obtrusiveness in Ancient Near Eastern Literature
  2. pp. 129-168
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  1. 6. Conclusion
  2. pp. 168-176
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  1. Appendix A: Selected Obtrusions from the Hebrew Bible
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. Appendix B: Some More Obtrusions Not Covered In This Study
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 191-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-215
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781451487459
Related ISBN
9781451482119
MARC Record
OCLC
883820177
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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