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Biblical Insertions: Time Out Of Joint

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The addition of Tamar's story serves two purposes within the narrative. First, Pseudo-Philo draws conclusions from the insertion itself and includes these conclusions within Tamar's story. While the original biblical tale does not elucidate the reasoning behind Tamar's act, the text of Pseudo-Philo specifies Tamar's motivation clearly. Cognitively speaking, Pseudo-Philo is completing the blend. After the salient point is made in Tamar's inserted story, that same point is used to complete a blend in the larger, original story. The author has extracted a moral lesson from a biblical figure, and applied it to the story at hand. It is important to note that the moral lesson being drawn is not necessarily apparent in the original version. Pseudo-Philo has framed the story in such a way as to make the conclusion inescapable.

Keywords: biblical tale; Pseudo-Philo; Tamar

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