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Old Testament Essays

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HOBYANE, Risimati S.. The compositional/narrative structure of Judith: a Greimassian perspective. Old testam. essays [online]. 2014, vol.27, n.3, pp.896-912. ISSN 2312-3621.

The compositional structure of the Judith narrative has evoked the reaction of many OT scholars who focus on Judith. Some scholars allege that part one is flatter in style and that the book is unbalanced in structure. Other scholars2 have made insightful contributions against these allegations on Judith. This article endeavours to bring a unique contribution against these allegations, by applying narrative analysis to the narratives, as informed by the Greimassian semiotic approach. The appeal here is to discover how these allegations robbed Judith of the recognition it deserves as a brilliant story. The application of a narra tive analysis based on the Greimassian approach reveals that Judith is a well-structured and balanced story containing a noticeable transformation. Subsequently, this article concludes that the two parts of the story are complementary to each other rather than imbalanced as claimed.

Keywords : Judith; Greimas; narrative analysis; structure.

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