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Reader-Response, Redescription, and Reference: 'you are the Man' (2 Sam. 12:7)

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This chapter analyzes the story of Nathan and David in Samuel 12 with a view to reader-response, re-description, and reference. The thesis author wishes to propound in the chapter is the following: The referential status of a sentence, or for that matter of a cluster of sentences like a story, is directly related to its semantic function. An adequate response to what a text refers to depends on its semantic function. It makes quite a difference whether a language unit is descriptive or non-descriptive. The thesis is argued by (1) discussing different receptions of Nathan's parable and its application in 2 Samuel, and (2) by analyzing reception, re-description, and reference with regard to the story as embedded in 2 Samuel. In addition, the thesis is worked out by discussing some theoretical aspects of the problem and applying them to the text under discussion.

Keywords: 2 Samuel; David; Nathan's parable; re-description; reader-response; referential status; semantic function

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