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The Responsive SelfPersonal Religion in Biblical Literature of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods$
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Susan Niditch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166361

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166361.001.0001

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Characterization and Contrast

Characterization and Contrast

Dynamics of the Personal in Late-Biblical Narration

(p.120) 7 Characterization and Contrast
The Responsive Self

Susan Niditch

Yale University Press

Drawing comparisons with tales of Tamar, Joseph, and Elijah, this chapter points to the ways in which characterization is developed in Ruth and Jonah. The authors of Ruth and Jonah pay special attention to detail, dialogue, mood, setting, and motivation, creating characters with considerable interiority.

Keywords:   text, texture, characterization, interiority, Ruth, Jonah, Joseph, convention

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