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Asking for Rhetoric: The Hebrew Bible's Protean Interrogative (Kenneth M Craig) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2005) 9780391042315
Asking for Rhetoric: The Hebrew Bible's Protean Interrogative (Kenneth M Craig) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2005) 9780391042315
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Title: Asking for Rhetoric: The Hebrew Bible's Protean Interrogative

Author: Craig, Kenneth M

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780391042315

Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 228

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"What is a question?" Kenneth Craig poses this query in the introductory chapter of his innovative study on the function of interrogatives in the Hebrew Bible. He describes a question as "a special literary phenomenon. A question is an opening that seeks to be closed, and its rhetorical play derives from how it disposes its energies: how it invites opening, how it imposes closure" (p. 2). Carefully analyzing texts from Genesis, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, Haggai and Zechariah, Craig demonstrates the nuanced and multifaceted ways in which the Hebrew Bible's interrogatives function to advance the Bible's literary and ideological goals.Contents1 What is a question? 2 Fielding questions in Eden (Genesis 2:16-3:13) 3 Fielding questions outside Eden (Genesis 4:1-16) 4 Questions answered with silence and literary frames (1 Samuel 14:37 and 28:6) 5 The triumph of irony by means of a thread-and-frame (1 Samuel 18:7, 21:12, and 29:5) 6 Sequential questions I (1 Samuel 26:6-25) 7 Sequential questions II (2 Samuel 19:32-44) 8 Sequential questions III (1 Samuel 20) 9 Questions and the characterization of God (2 Samuel 7:1-17) 10 The duplicitous question (1 Kings 1:11-31) 11 Questions as literary threads (Haggai to Zechariah 1-8)
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