© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 1998 Vetus Testamentum XLVIII, 4 1 I am indebted to Louis H. Feldman of Yeshiva University for his assistance on reading the Josephus passage discussed below; to Samuel Morell of the State University of New York at Binghamton for his help on the Radbaz passage cited below; and to Adele Berlin of the University of Maryland for her perceptive comments on an ear- lier version of this article. Special thanks is rendered to my colleague Harry Shaw of the Department of English at Cornell University for his insights into the narrative aspects of this episode, and to my able graduate student Yiyi Chen whose contribu- tion to this study is noted below. 2 E. van Wolde, “Who Guides Whom? Embeddedness and Perspective in Biblical Hebrew and in 1 Kings 3:16-28”, JBL 114 (1995), pp. 623-42. 3 Ibid. , p. 638. In note 30 on the same page she added: “Still, most readers will be inclined simply to identify the rst speaking woman as the mother of the living child”. As we shall see below, this reading strategy yields the wrong conclusion. 4 M. Sternberg, The Poetics of Biblical Narrative: Ideological Literature and
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