403 FOREGROUNDING OF THE DESIGNATION "È” ET " ÛRIYYÂ HA Ó ITTÎ IN II SAMUEL XI - XII The inspiration for this Short Note was fueled by E. J. Revell’s work, The Designation of the Individual: Expressive Usage in Biblical Narrative. 1 His study, based on Judges through Kings, convincingly argues that the choice of an individual’s designation reveals not only the narra- tor’s point of view but also the viewpoint of each character repre- sented in the narrative. My concern here is to exemplify this method- ology within a clearly de ﬁ ned block of biblical narrative and to propose that a more re ﬁ ned cataloguing is not only possible but also helpful. It should include the preference for one designation over another, the order of the designations when clustered together, and their location in the narrative. In conjunction with other narrative features these help to signal the main idea driving the narrative. 2 Bathsheba’s designations in II Samuel xi-xii In II Samuel xi-xii three separate designations are used for Bathsheba. On one occasion her kinship tie as bat "î lî 'à m is expressed (xi 3). 3 At the beginning and end of
Vetus Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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