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Meaning And Significance

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Historiography conveys the meaning and significance of events in the past, regardless of whether it claims to be objective. A survey of some modern studies of historiography reveals two general senses of 'meaning and significance' in history: significance of the events for the course of history and significance of the events for the present day. This chapter looks at each of these in turn and examines if, and how, the book of Samuel conveys such meaning and significance.The structures of meaning and significance that are examined are: the beginning and the end of the book; the pattern of the rise and fall of leaders; and comparative analogies. Each of these structures of meaning incorporate a large number of literary devices, so that the reader's attention is drawn to the structures and their significance is conveyed effectively. These literary devices include juxtaposition, repetition, motifs, poetry and ruptures in the narrative.

Keywords: historiography; literary devices; meaning; Samuel; significance



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