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A narrative critical analysis of Korah's Rebellion in numbers 16 and 17

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dc.contributor.advisor Spangenberg, I. J. J. (Izak J. J.) Taylor, Donald James 2010-05-14T07:25:14Z 2010-05-14T07:25:14Z 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Taylor, Donald James (2010) A narrative critical analysis of Korah's Rebellion in numbers 16 and 17, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the complex story of Korah’s rebellion found in Numbers 16 and 17 utilizing narrative critical theory. This study is first grounded in the context of historical questions surrounding Israel’s emergence as a nation and the narrative’s potential for historical veracity. Many narrative critics do not feel the theoretical necessity to establish the connection between an autonomous text and a historical context. This study does seek to collaborate with historical research, but only as permitted by the data. Though only biblical and tangential evidence supports the historicity of the wilderness sojourn, the narrative accounts should not be repudiated because of philosophical bias or the lack of corroborative extra biblical evidence. Especially important to a literary interpretation of this narrative is the work of source critics who during their own enquiries have identified the fractures and transitions within the story. In considering the text of Numbers 16 and 17, the hermeneutical approach employed in this study carefully endorses a balanced incorporation of the theoretical constructs of the author, text, and reader in the interpretive enquiry. From this hermeneutical approach recent literary theory is applied to the texts of Numbers 16 and 17 focusing particular attention on three narrative themes. First, the narrator’s point of view is examined to determine the manner that information is relayed to the reader so as to demur the rebellion leaders. Though features of characterization are often meager in biblical narratives, there remains sufficient data in this rebellion story to support the aims of the Hebrew writers and does not undermine the reader’s engagement with the story’s participants. Finally, the three separate plotlines in this narrative sustain the dramatic effect upon the readership holding attention and judgment throughout and beyond the story. In sum, this dissertation highlights the powerful contours of this ancient narrative by appropriating the theoretical work of narrative critics. The strategies employed in the writing and editing of this story uniquely condemn the rebels and at the same time serve to elevate God’s chosen leader Moses. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 272 leaves.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Kora's rebellion en
dc.subject Numbers en
dc.subject Biblical narrator en
dc.subject Literary criticism en
dc.subject Hermeneutics en
dc.subject Narrative criticism en
dc.subject Quinary scheme en
dc.subject Reader response en
dc.subject.ddc 221.6
dc.subject.lcsh Numbers in the Bible
dc.title A narrative critical analysis of Korah's Rebellion in numbers 16 and 17 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies D. Th. (Old Testament)

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