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Incubation In The Ancient Near East

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According to Nagler, the type-scene is defined and recognized on the principle of 'family resemblance' among different examples of the incubation type-scene, and not by the putative standard of the type-scene. This chapter enumerates and discusses in detail various motifs comprising the incubation type-scene, not because they constitute essential components of the incubation type-scene, but because they represent a pool of motifs, out of which the author may pull any number of motifs so as to craft his own version of the incubation type-scene. Towards the end of the chapter, a heuristic definition of the incubation type-scene is given as a way of giving more specificity to the abstract principle of 'family resemblance' for the recognition of the incubation type-scene in the ancient Near Eastern literature.

Keywords:ancient Near Eastern literature; family resemblance; incubation type-scene



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