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This chapter explores several interlocking problems, ranging from the general to the specific. At the broadest level, there is the problem of the ethical significance of First Testament narratives. The goal of this investigation is not to solve all the problems, but to suggest a way by which this text can be read coherently and its ethical possibilities explored through the narrative theory of Paul Ricoeur. There are various ways in which the ethical significance of First Testament narratives has been construed. The most prevalent is that of the ethical model approach, in which biblical characters are presented as good or bad examples of ethical behavior. Another approach is to look at the broad movement, Israel's underlying metanarrative, rather than at a specific narrative text.

Keywords: ethical model; First Testament narratives; Israel; Paul Ricoeur



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