Narration and Discourse in the Book of Genesis

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Cambridge University Press, 1991 - 312 ˹
This book is a fine example of what can be contributed to theological understanding through a study of narrative. The author contends that the presence of a disembodied Voice in the Book of Genesis has a profound effect upon the style of narration and the way in which the plots of various sub-narratives develop. His approach is distinctive in his use of semiotic theory to show how the style and plots of specific narratives lead to new perceptions and understandings of the mysterious discourse of the divine Voice.
 

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A FUNCTIONAL THEORY OF NARRATIVE Toward a functional theory of narrative
3
The functions of the sign
23
A functional definition of narrative
41
A typology of narrative functions and modes
47
The three functional narrative types
65
THE STRUCTURE OF THE GENESIS NARRATIVE
93
The divine Voice and the narrative functions
103
The microdialogue as the matrix of the Genesis narrative
107
The central microdialogue
169
Why did you say She is my sister?
174
Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?
195
Who then is he who was hunting game before you came?
204
Where do you come from?
232
Notes
276
Bibliography
297
Index Authors and topics Index Biblical references page xi
306

ANALYSIS OF GENESIS NARRATIVES
113
Who told you that you were naked?
129
Where is your brother?
146
EXCURSUS ON SACRIFICE IN RELIGION AND LITERATURE
148
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