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Old Testament Essays

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

Old testam. essays vol.21 n.2 Pretoria  2008


A narratological analysis of time in 2 Samuel 11:27a



Ronald H. van der Bergh

University of Pretoria





This article enquires into the role of time in 2 Samuel 11 - the story of David, Bathsheba and Uriah. This is done by first demarcating 2 Samuel 11:2-27a as a narrative unit and determining the scenes of the narrative. An analysis of time, on the basis of the narrative theory of Gérard Genette, then follows. It can be clearly seen in this analysis, amongst other things, that the main theme of this narrative is rather the murder of Uriah than the adultery of David and Bathsheba.



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



1 This article is a revised version of chapters 1, 4, 5 and 6 of the author’s dissertation submitted to the Department of Ancient Languages of the University of Pretoria in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree MA in Ancient Languages and Cultures. The study was supervised by Prof. G. T. M. Prinsloo

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