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Old Testament Essays

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Abstract

MICHAEL, Matthew. Anger management and biblical characters: A study of "angry exchange" among characters of Hebrew narrative. Old testam. essays [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.2, pp. 451-480. ISSN 2312-3621.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2015/V28N2A13.

The study of Hebrew narratives has generally shown in modern scholarship the intriguing artistry of the biblical stories. However, the apparent simplicity of the angry scenes has not generated significant engagement of its representations. Against this backdrop, the present study describes the consistent literary patterns in the representation of angry scenes in Hebrew narrative, and particularly identifies the different stages in biblical angry exchange scenes. These discerned stages include the description of provocation, the presence of anger-designated markers, the expression of questioning/conversation, and the consummation of the angry scene by a reference to an action plan, the pacification of the angry character or the resolution of the angry process. In this emotionally-heightened space, the study also underscores the stylistic features of the biblical angry exchange scenes as directly seen in the intentional quest to exploit, manipulate, and manage anger by biblical characters in the angry exchange scenes.

Keywords : Anger; provocation; designation; point of view; manipulation; characterization; narrator; plot.

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