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Lecture_3 - Bible As Literature Bible Lecture 3...

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Bible As Literature Bible As Literature 1/25/10 Lecture 3
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Administrative Administrative Are you new? Catastrophe of biblical proportions… Quiz 1-One week from today (2/1)
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Elements of a Biblical Elements of a Biblical Narrative Narrative Story and Plot
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What is Narrative? What is Narrative? A narrative is a structured whole; consisting of a set of signs; that tells a story A story is: the set of events tied together in a narrative Primary elements of narrative structure: Plot: The design of the narrative Character: The agents of a narrative Narrator: The teller of a narrative
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The Basic Structure of Narrative: The Basic Structure of Narrative: Plot Plot Plot is the principle of interconnectedness and intention which we cannot do without in moving through the discrete elements—incidents, episodes, actions—of a narrative. P. Brooks, Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative . Oxford, 1984 (p. 5) A plot, being a mimesis (i.e., an “imitation”) of an action, should be a mimesis of one action and that a whole one , with the different sections so arranged that the whole is disturbed by the transposition and destroyed by the removal of any one of them ; for if it makes no visible difference whether a thing is there or not, that thing is no part of the whole. Aristotle, Poetics 1451a
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Plot and Story Plot and Story A story Dexter was cancelled. Then my wife died.” Becomes A Plot : Dexter was cancelled. Then my wife died of grief .
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Constructing Plots Constructing Plots From Stories From Stories The “Wife-Sister” Stories of Genesis
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Wife-Sister stories by the Letters Wife-Sister stories by the Letters [A] = External condition necessitating patriarch’s journey; [B] = Report of the patriarch’s journey; [C] = Decision to represent wife as sister; [D] = Response of native inhabitants to wife; [E] = Benefits accrued by patriarch; [F] = Action of Hebrew God; [G] = Confrontation of ruler with patriarch; [H] = Outcome of confrontation
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Genesis 12:10-20 Genesis 12:10-20 The Exposition The Exposition [A] Now there was a famine in the land.
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