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Old Testament Essays

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Old testam. essays vol.21 no.2 Pretoria  2008

 

David and Uriah (with an occasional appearance by Uriah's wife) - Reading and re-reading 2 Samuel 11

 

 

David G. Firth

Research Associate, Department of Ancient Languages, University of Pretoria

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

The interpretation of 2 Samuel 11 has been built around three points: 1. The primacy of the relationship between David and Bathsheba; 2. Uriah dies in a cover-up; 3. The narrative is full of ambiguity. This paper explores the narrative from the perspective of the ambiguities employed, showing that the third point undermines the frst two. This is achieved by drawing on Genette's theory of anachrony which emerges as an important historiographical feature in Samuel. The text is meant to be read and then re-read as each anachrony is encountered, thus coming to a clearer understanding of what is meant by the narrator's closing comment.


 

 

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Correspondence:
David G. Firth
Cliff College
Calver, Derbyshire
United Kingdom
E-mail: d.firth@cliffcollege.ac.uk

Research Associate of Department of Ancient Languages
University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0002, South Africa
E-mail: phil.botha@up.ac.za

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