Pentateuch, genre, inset genres, narrative, list, ritualized texts
Biblical Studies | Religion | Rhetoric
The Pentateuchʼs juxtaposition of different genres within a narrative framework provides some of the evidence for building source- and redaction-critical theories of the Pentateuchʼs literary history. Rhetorical analysis suggests, however, that such genre juxtapositions are characteristic of an ancient Near Eastern strategy of persuasion. The Pentateuchʼs inset genres, especially its lists of instructions and laws, generated most of its normative force that, together with its ritualization, led to its scripturalization as Torah.
James W. Watts, “Narrative, Lists, Rhetoric, Ritual and the Pentateuch as a Scripture,” in The Formation of the Pentateuch: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Europe, Israel, and North America (ed. Jan Geertz et al, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016), 1135-45.
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