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Jericho is Shouting. Narrative and Rhetoric in Joshua 6

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Interpreting a biblical text and the narrative contained in it runs the risk of becoming a highly subjective exercise. This chapter discusses a synchronic method that minimizes this risk of subjectivity in biblical narrative. It focuses on the narrative of Jericho in Joshua 6, critically using the reading of Nicolai Winther-Nielsen. Bible translators and researchers have serious problems with this passage (verse 2-5). But for Winther-Nielsen the difference between the names and determination particles as such is not an issue. Winther-Nielsen concludes after an analysis of the complete book of Joshua that such a syntactical construction displays a result. Curiously, Winther-Nielsen rhetorically encodes this construction as a purpose, for it is a set of weqatals that share a subject. The theory of Winther-Nielsen helps the reader to interpret the rhetorical effects of the biblical narrative as told in the masoretic version of the book of Joshua.

Keywords: biblical narrative; Jericho; Joshua 6; Nicolai Winther-Nielsen; rhetorical effects; weqatals



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