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Reading the Wife/Sister Narratives in Genesis: A Textlinguistic and Type-Scene Analysis
Kang, Hwagu

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018 pp. xvii + 190. $26.00

Description: The book of Genesis introduces three similar wife/sister narratives, commonly thought to be originating from different sources because of their repetitive entries. This research explores the wife/sister narratives in Genesis (Gen 12:10Ė13:1, 20:1Ė18, and 26:1Ė11), and it aims to provide an understanding of the three stories as a whole by uncovering its context by textlinguistic and literary type-scene analysis. Textlinguistic analysis helps us to see how each wife/sister narrative functions in its context, while type-scene analysis emphasizes how the three narratives develop and contribute to the patriarchal narratives through their similarities and variations. Although the traditional type-scene analysis studies recurrent fixed motives in texts, this study focuses much more on literary aspects such as characterization, theme, and plot. Through this study, the three wife/sister stories will elaborate that the patriarchal narratives are not results of different authors, but the well-developed products of a single author. The three wife/sister stories work together to highlight Godís faithfulness to his promises (Gen 12:1Ė3).

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Narrative Criticism

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Review by Koowon Kim
Published 4/23/2020
Citation: Koowon Kim, review of Hwagu Kang, Reading the Wife/Sister Narratives in Genesis: A Textlinguistic and Type-Scene Analysis, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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