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By Susan Zeelander

There was a lot dialogue of narrative elements of the Bible lately, however the ends of biblical narratives – how the ends give a contribution to closure for his or her tales and the way the finishing recommendations have an effect on the total narrative – haven't been studied comprehensively. This examine exhibits how the writers and editors of brief narratives in Genesis gave their tales a feeling of closure (or in a number of instances, the experience of non-closure). a number of and infrequently unforeseen, varieties of closure are pointed out; jointly those shape a collection of closural conventions. This contribution to narrative poetics of the Hebrew Bible within the gentle of resource feedback can be important to those that have an interest in narrative and in techniques of closure.

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56 Although he does not directly address the subject of delimiting a narrative, he describes how an “event” (he does not use the term narrative) can be identifijied as it gradually emerges in the biblical text. The signs of this emergence are the slowing of the narrative tempo (to allow details to come into focus) and the exposition of characters and information. , 42–45. The negative elements are money, represented by gold and precious stones; sex, represented by their being naked; work for survival, represented by work for preservation and pleasure; and fijinally death, represented by the tree of life.

In his studies of those separate but related stories, Todorov saw that each story began and ended in equilibrium, that is, in a relatively stable situation. ”24 He even described narrative by its relationship to equilibrium: a narrative is “two moments of equilibrium separated 23 Vladimir Propp, “Fairy Tale Transformations,” in Readings in Russian Poetics: Formalist and Structuralist Views, 94–114. ” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 3, no. 1 (1969), 75. ” For a plot to be complete, it must shift from one equilibrium to another.

EQ New equilibrium Abraham owns land as a possession in Canaan, 17–20. 38 Gerald Prince explains that although there may be “several narrations in a narrative,” in every case there is one main 37 Don Fowler, “Second Thoughts on Closure,” in Classical Closure: Reading the End in Greek and Latin Literature, 18, noted the presence of “convoluted nested stories” in Greek novels. 38 Tzvetan Todorov, in his analysis of the stories in The Decameron in The Poetics of Prose, 5–22, 1971 and 1977, noted variations in the relationships between some of the stories.

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