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W. J. MARTIN, "Dischronologized" narrative in the Old Testament

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This chapter discusses the 'dischronologized' narrative in the Old Testament. The term 'dischronologized' is used to denote the seemingly random dispersal of events as set forth in certain narratives. It would be incorrect to call this phenomenon "de-chronologization", for it is not a question of the absence of chronology but only of the order in which the events are related. Passages in which there is a discrepancy between the strict chronological order and the order of recital are probably to be found in all historical narrative, whatever the language. It might be called a "harking back" technique, for it takes the form of retrospective unlinearity. An example is found in John's account of the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. To what telling effect dischronologization, even in its simplest form, can be used is seen in such a passage as that of 1 Kings ix 10-14.

Keywords: 1 Kings ix; Christ; dischronologized narrative; Jerusalem; John's account; Old Testament



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