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"As It Is Written" and Other Citation Formulae in the Old by Kevin L. Spawn

By Kevin L. Spawn

This quantity examines using quotation formulae within the previous testomony. After demonstrating the inability of consensus and technique within the remedy of such exegetical units, the writer addresses the necessity for a sustained exam of quotation formulae and comparable expressions. This inquiry makes a speciality of the cautious identity of the referents of quotation bases as a foundation for the research of inner-biblical exegesis. extra insights are provided at the improvement of such exegetical units, the hermeneutics of the post-exilic group, and the syntax of comparative statements in Hebrew.

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34 Japhet, 644. 35 There is no unanimity among scholars concerning the date of the composition of Esther. C. (see Clines, 272-73). Most recently, J. D. Levenson states, "when the book of Esther was written is unknown" (Esther: A Commentary, OTL [London: SCM Press Ltd, 1997] 25). C. (26). Dr. Stephanie Dalley has defended the view that the book was composed in the Achaemenid period ("The Mesopotamian Background to the Hebrew Book of Esther", Oxford Old Testament Seminar, 3 ii 1997). For a recent argument against the parallel of Marduk with Mordecai, see Clines "In Quest of the Historical Mordecai", VT41 (1991) 126-39.

3ΊΓΙ3 Citation Bases with Non-Legal Referents 39 The information supplied in an adjunctive clause is generally less germane to the main discourse than the information typically supplied in a circumstantial clause. It resembles the kind of material which in English would be introduced by means of By the way,.... It is tangential rather than marginal... 6 5 . Continuing the description of the function of such clauses, Andersen states, "an adjunctive clause deviates momentarily down a little sidetrack, to make a remark about somebody who does not figure anywhere else in the story,..

C o m m a n d 4. a corpus of literature. Our examination of the interrelation of these elements will demonstrate the marked degree of emphasis indicated by this formula and, based on Khan's analysis, a possible motivation for the selection of this construction. First, Muraoka has analysed the different levels of emphasis among the various constructions that employ Π3Π. His procedure includes the examination of eleven different ways that a subject is expressed with Π3Π in verbal and nominal clauses.

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