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Narrative Use of the Oath Formula כה יעשה

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This is the introductory chapter of part 1 of the book. Three chapters come under part I of the book. Each chapter opens with an introduction which surveys the previous scholarship on each respective formula, with an eye toward explicating its origin and nature. After delineating the customary usage of the oath-formula in the biblical narrative, the author examines occasions in which an oath deviates from this usage in an attempt to demonstrate that any deviation from the standard formula is deliberate. Finally, the author examines possible reasons for this conscious departure from the norm, taking into account the context and underlying ideas of the narrative in which it appears.

Keywords: biblical narrative; oath-formula



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