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Conclusions: The Battle Report and Narrative Analogy in Light of the Present Study

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In this chapter, the author identifies six instances in which a biblical battle scene could be seen as a metaphor analogy for the narrative that immediately precedes, and examines the six as a group. The chapter addresses the following questions: do they share a common rhetorical function; do their poetics differ; do the six narratives examined give the mandate to adduce a "convention" of the biblical battle report; and what do the six examples suggest about narrative analogy gene rally within biblical literature. This chapter explores these issues by examining the six case-studies in light of two questions of poetics. A perspectival gulf is sometimes formed between the reader and the characters internal to the biblical story concerning the import of the events unfolding in the narrative.

Keywords: biblical battle; metaphor analogy; narrative analogy



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