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Prefiguration: Setting the stage

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Chapter Summary

This chapter sets up the rudiments needed for a conversation between the biblical text and Ricoeur's narrative theory. It begins with an analysis of the narrative unit and a translation of Exod 4:18-26. The chapter discusses some issues relating to analyzing the prefigurations of a narrative text, which is the first stage in Ricoeur's theory of emplotment. It also discusses the prefigured actions in Exod 4:18 26, first from the author's perspective as a real, contemporary reader of the text, and second from the perspective of the First Testament world. Lastly, the chapter makes a short detour to speech act theory and the ethical implications of speech acts to show how an understanding of performative language can deepen one's comprehension of action at the prefiguration stage.

Keywords: biblical text; Exodus 4:18-26; First Testament world; Ricoeur's narrative theory; speech act theory



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