Sunday, May 29, 2011

Journal of Hebrew Scriptures - Volume 11: Article 11 (2011)

Hava Shalom-Guy, "The Call Narratives of Gideon and Moses: Literary
Convention or More?"


Comparison of the Gideon (Judg 6:11–24) and Moses (Exod 3:1–15) call
narratives raises the question of whether they are different manifestations
of the same literary convention—a biblical "type-scene" of appointment and
investiture—or display literary dependence. I suggest that their affinity
goes beyond the shared features of the call-narrative convention and argue
that the author of the Gideon narrative deliberately created direct literary
links between the protagonist's investiture and that of Moses—the
archetypical biblical leader—as a means of elevating Gideon's stature.

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