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The historiography of Samuel uses narrative to merge information and interpretation about the past and this dramatisation generates both interest and significance. This chapter contributes to the area of poetics by examining the ways in which narrative devices can convey concepts normally expounded explicitly in modern historiography. In the study of causation the authors identified three main ways in which causation was developed. Firstly, there were chains of causation where the narrative shifts between states of imbalance and equilibrium. Secondly, there is cumulative causation. Finally, there is causation expounded through the speech of characters. All three types of causation can be developed simultaneously in the narrative, increasing the number of causes and their complexity in the narrative.

Keywords: causation; historiography of Samuel; modern historiography; narrative devices; poetics



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