Paper 2 - Idyllic Revisionism: Biblical Revision with a...

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Idyllic Revisionism: Biblical Revision with a Twist Joshua Holo Write a 1000-1100-word essay, applying one aspect of Pardes' theory of idyllic revisionism (Pardes ch. 6) to one pair of characters from the Book of Ruth and another pair of characters from anywhere in the Hebrew or Greek Bibles (EXLCUDING EVE, LEAH AND RACHEL). They do not have to be pairs of two women; you can use either sex, but be sure the parallel is rigorous. Your paper should mirror two key parts of Pardes' structure of "Idyllic revisionism": 1) First, you have to establish that you're comparing like things (the proverbial "apples to apples"). You prove this similarity by illustrating the parallels in the relationships between the two pairs of people. (probably including at least one woman, if nothing else, just because it's hard to choose a pair from the Book of Ruth that doesn't include a woman). 2) Second, you have to demonstrate (once you've established that those parallels legitimately link the stories you've chosen), that a key difference causes us to reconsider, in a new light, the otherwise parallel relationship of the two pairs. Please note, the "idyllic" in "idyllic revisionism" refers to the fact that, as Pardes did it, this key difference allows the reader to revise in a positive sense. However, you are free to choose a pair that causes us to revise in a negative sense. You do not have to illustrate your grasp of Pardes' whole argument at length. Similarly, you don't have to address all three modes of idyllic revisionism (doubling, bonding and estrangement). Suffice it to contextualize your thesis in terms of her argument, probably in your introduction. Identify that aspect of her argument that you're going to comment on, and build up to your thesis, which will apply that aspect of her argument to another biblical woman's (or women's) relationship.
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course ARLT 100g taught by Professor 02:00-03:20pm during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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