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The Narratological Purpose of Aramaic Prose in Ezra 4.8 – 6.18

The Narratological Purpose of Aramaic Prose in Ezra 4.8 – 6.18 <jats:sec> <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>Regnant documentary theories do not account for the large amount of Aramaic narrative framing seen in Ezra 4–6. The discourse employed by this narrator shows him to be a Samarian in orientation. The implied author constructs this narrative perspective as a poetic device through which the reader/listener learns that the foes of his time—Samarian and Persian—are not as formidable as he may have thought them to be, and that the God of Israel works in ways that he may not have appreciated without this external testimony.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

The Narratological Purpose of Aramaic Prose in Ezra 4.8 – 6.18

Aramaic Studies , Volume 5 (2): 165 – Jan 1, 2007

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1477-8351
eISSN
1745-5227
DOI
10.1163/147783507X252658
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Abstract

<jats:sec> <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>Regnant documentary theories do not account for the large amount of Aramaic narrative framing seen in Ezra 4–6. The discourse employed by this narrator shows him to be a Samarian in orientation. The implied author constructs this narrative perspective as a poetic device through which the reader/listener learns that the foes of his time—Samarian and Persian—are not as formidable as he may have thought them to be, and that the God of Israel works in ways that he may not have appreciated without this external testimony.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Aramaic StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: NARRATOR; SUBTRACTIVE BILINGUALISM; POINT OF VIEW; PERSPECTIVE; POETICS

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