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Narrative Structure and Technique in the Deborah-Barak Story (Judges IV 4-22)

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The eclipse of attention and interest within Old Testament scholarship, which has been the fate of the Deborah-Barak prose narrative in Jdg. Iv, was only in part due to the obvious and undoubted literary merits of the poem on the same theme in chapter v. This chapter first seeks to elucidate the narrative structure of the story, and second discusses the way in which the unity of the story and its purpose has been realized by skilful use of narrative devices. Finally, it seeks to draw out some of the implications. The narrative introduction, serves the function of introducing the character who initiates the action of the piece, Deborah, and of providing appropriate background information about her. The plot movement, is initiated by, where we are apparently to understand that Deborah is at her home, according to the "prologue" between Bethel and Ramah.

Keywords: Bethel; Deborah-Barak prose narrative; Old Testament scholarship; Ramah



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