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Reading Narratives In The Septuagint: A Discourse On Method

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Narratives are the predominant genre in the Septuagint (LXX). Narrative interpretation is still dependent either on grammatical- historical or on historical-critical analysis. It is the contention of this chapter that, with regard to narrative analysis, these two approaches are limited, unless they are coupled with rhetorical analysis. Greimassian narrative semiotics was purposely formulated to address this challenge. Due to the fact that despite its efficiency, Greimas theory is feared for its alleged complexities, the chapter commends Everaert-Desmedt simplified version of Greimas's theory for the interpretation of LXX narratives. The approach centres on the data of the text and pays careful attention to the macrostructures of narratives. It is assumed that a narrative only makes sense when read as a whole. The main concern is to show the efficiency of Everaert-Desmedt's approach for investigating LXX narratives in general and the story of Susanna in particular.

Keywords: Greimas theory; Septuagint (LXX); Susanna



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