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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919

Old testam. essays vol.21 n.1 Pretoria  2008


Deadly traits: A narratological analysis of character in 2 Samuel 11



Ronald H. van der Bergh

Department of Ancient Languages, University of Pretoria





This narratological study takes a closer look at the characters of the ambiguous story of David, Uriah and Bathsheba. First, different theories of character are discussed to highlight the nature of narrative character. Special attention is given to the nature of biblical characters. A combination of these theories is then used to analyse the characters of 2 Samuel 11.



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R. H. van der Bergh
Post-graduate student, Department of Ancient Languages
University of Pretoria, 0002, Pretoria

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