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Chapter Five: Source Analysis: Onomasticon

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A "source analysis" of the Joseph Story concerns itself with discrepancies of an objective nature. Internal contradictions are most obvious, but anything which detracts from the aesthetic or narrative unity of the piece must also come in for its share of attention. As it happens, discrepancies will be looked for in much the same areas as the Documentary Theorist looks for them, viz. onomasticon, plot details and style. Scholars who have sought to invalidate the divine names as criteria for source analysis, have not replaced the hypothesis they hoped to have destroyed by any other plausible explanation. This chapter presents certain works of Egyptian literature that have been examined for the use of divine names and epithets. The father in the Joseph Story is often referred to as "their (or his) father", with reference to the brothers or Joseph; but sometimes he is named.

Keywords: Egyptian Literature; Good Brother; Joseph Story; Onomasticon; source analysis



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