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Acta Theologica

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VAN DER WALT, J.S.. Water as motif in Exodus 14-15; 2 Kings 2 and Matthew 14:22-33: a comparative study. Acta theol. [online]. 2018, vol.38, suppl.26, pp.38-56. ISSN 2309-9089.  http://dx.doi.org/10.18820/23099089/actat.sup26.2.

In the Canon of Scriptures, three decisive turning points (epochs) mark their course with the intensification of miracles. These miracles are craftily described in micronarratives that are, in turn, imbedded within macronarratives. Many of the written miracle stories in the three main macro-narratives (or rather, epochs) have noticeable resemblances when compared to each other. Narratological features such as structure, settings, themes and motifs have striking similarities. In some instances, it appears that one story was built upon another. If this is the case, the question arises as to how far the story can go. This paper will ponder over this question by comparing one miracle story in each of the three main epochs, respectively. The main focus will be on the narrative motif of water found in Exodus 15, 2 Kings 2, and Mathew 14:22-33.

Keywords : Moses; Elija; Jesus; Water motif.

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