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Showcasing the Little Sister. The Grammatical Lives of Samson’s Women (Judg 13–16) as a Syntactic Supplement to Narratological Analysis

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This chapter focuses on just one of those women among five female characters (Delilah, Samson's mother, his bride/wife, the wife's little sister, and a prostitute) in the Samson narrative, in order to illustrate the usefulness of syntactic analysis in detecting biblical characters. Syntactic analysis is a major supplement to narratological analysis as developed by Mieke Bal. Bal's narratology stresses the importance of the narrator. Syntactic analysis helps to highlight all characters that all play their parts in the story. This makes it a valuable tool in a gender-oriented reading process. The chapter outlines the principles of syntactic analysis, and gives a short introduction of Bal's theory. A close reading of Judges 15:1-2 demonstrates the benefits of syntactic analysis in turning the spotlights not only on Delilah but on the other women as well.

Keywords: Delilah; Judges 15; Mieke Bal; Samson narrative



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