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The Explicit and Implicit in Biblical Narrative

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Explicit and implicit modes of expression in biblical texts, narrative or poetical, are known. This chapter does a programmatic review of some of the more prominent phenomena that assists in classifying and defining literary ways and means of the ancient authors in this respect. Closer attention to the scribal tradition and technique leads to better understanding of the art of composition. It facilitates the perception of literary complexes underlying the compositions known, and contributes to a reappraisal of literary relativity. The problem of cognizance of events and the veracity of the information found in texts pertains also to the sphere of explicit expression. This issue is best examined in the book of Joshua. The chapter does not examine whether Chronicles is cognizant of the exodus, the revelation of Sinai, the conquest of Canaan and related issues, but rather how these phenomena are expressed in Chronicles and the literary means involved.

Keywords: biblical narrative; book of Joshua; Canaan; Chronicles; cognizance; explicit expression; implicit expression; scribal tradition; Sinai

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