The Structure of Deuteronomy and the Function of Ch 27: a Discourse Analytic Inquiry into the Redactional and Authorial Work of Deuteronomy's Narrator

Myers, Peter D (2014) The Structure of Deuteronomy and the Function of Ch 27: a Discourse Analytic Inquiry into the Redactional and Authorial Work of Deuteronomy's Narrator. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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This study explores the extent to which it is possible to describe the structure of Deuteronomy in a manner that accounts for the features of the book's narrative frame, the interpolations in the Mosaic speeches, and especially the function of ch 27. Previous approaches to the structure of Deuteronomy from the perspectives of covenant, composition, and the identification of parallels are evaluated by the author to be limited, both methodologically and in their ability to account for the position and function of ch 27. A methodology is described for the discourse analysis of Deuteronomy's narrative framework from the theoretical orientation of functional linguistics, which integrates Miller's research into the discourse function of quotative frames in Biblical Hebrew. Applying this methodology to Deuteronomy's narrative frame, the author formulates hypotheses about the narrator's work as an author and redactor of source material. Sustained attention is then paid to ch 27, which the author suggests functions as an interpolated gloss on the mutual oath between YHWH and Israel described in 26:16-19. The chapter is then exegeted in this light. The scope of the study's detailed analysis is limited to Deuteronomy's narrative frame and ch 27. The author develops conclusions touching on diachronic issues of composition and redaction on the basis of synchronic analysis of the final form of the Masoretic Text. The hypotheses contribute fresh suggestions to the discussion of Deuteronomy's narrative structure and to the discussion of the latter stages of the book's redaction. The analysis models an approach to redaction criticism informed by recent developments in linguistic typology and empirical research into a communicative strategy employed in Biblical Hebrew of particular relevance to this text.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Additional Information: Master of Arts by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bible studies, Deuteronomy, discourse analysis, narrative
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:56

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