By Helen Paynter
During this publication Helen Paynter deals a thorough re-evalution of the imperative element of Kings. examining with recognition to the literary units of carnivalization and mirroring, she demonstrates that it includes a florid satire on kings, prophets and nations.
Building at the paintings of humorists, literary critics and biblical students, the writer constructs diagnostic standards for carnivalization (seriocomedy), and identifies an abundance of those good points in the Elijah/Elisha and Aram narratives, exhibiting how literary mirroring additional complements their satirical effect.
This e-book may be of specific curiosity to scholars and students all for the Hebrew Bible as literature yet could be valued through those that favour extra old ways for its insights into the Hebrew textual content.
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During this ebook Helen Paynter deals an intensive re-evalution of the important component of Kings. examining with consciousness to the literary units of carnivalization and mirroring, she demonstrates that it features a florid satire on kings, prophets and nations.
Building at the paintings of humorists, literary critics and biblical students, the writer constructs diagnostic standards for carnivalization (seriocomedy), and identifies an abundance of those good points in the Elijah/Elisha and Aram narratives, exhibiting how literary mirroring extra complements their satirical effect.
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By contrast, in the Bakhtinian novel the spatio-temporal aspect fuses with the author’s own (in the chronotrope of the novel, the space-time of the narrated events can be reached from the space-time of the author) (Bakhtin, 1981, pp. 11, 382–83). 34 Chapter 3 c omposition; the author has three distinct objectives: historiographic, ideological and aesthetic (Sternberg, 1985, p. 41). At this stage it may be helpful to consider the question of where Bakhtinian thought lies in relation to one of the main philosophical and literary thrusts of the twentieth century, that of relativism.
This proposal that the original translator of Kings found certain passages distasteful supports the thesis I shall be developing that many of these passages are written in a disrespectful, parodic style. 12 The question of ‘authorship’ of a multi-source text is complex and will be considered in chapter 8. Some Unanswered Questions In The Book Of Kings 17 surface of its own product’ (Sternberg, 1985, p. 10). The subtlety of the author is an important prerequisite to the conclusions drawn at the end of my investigation, and it is therefore an assumption we will revisit in more detail later.
Thus all three appear to have been involved, directly or indirectly, in the deaths of Joram and Ahaziah and the accompanying anti-Baal purge, as implied by I Kings 19:17. Even if this historical reconstruction is correct, however, it does not explain the literary purpose of I Kings 19:15–17 within the text, although it may modify the question. If it is true that Hazael assisted Jehu in his bloody crusade against Baalism, why does the text not tell us so? Why is the Command-Prophecy given to us but not a clear description of its fulfilment?