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1008 Andrews University Seminary Studies 38 2 Autumn 2000 293 305 Copyright 2000 by Andrews University Press Cited with permission TERMINOLOGICAL PATTERNS AND GENESIS 38 WILFRIED WARNING Schulzentrum Seminar Marienhohe Darmstadt Germany In recent studies a detailed analysis of the narrative outline of the Judah and Tamar episode has been presented 1 These analyses interpret Gen 38 as a literary whole possessing a distinct structural unity and design a narrative in which the analysis of structure or form has brought to light the content 2 and concerning the position of Gen 38 in the extant text and its linguistic and thematic interrelation with the Joseph story it has been concluded 1 E M Menn proposes that since the motifs of birth and naming appear earlier in the narrative as well Gen 38 3 5 Genesis 38 may be viewed as a double tale of procreation in which initial biological and social discontinuity is twice overcome first in Gen 38 1 5 and next in Gen 38 6 30 Judah and Tamar Genesis 38 in Ancient Jewish Exegesis Studies in Literary Form and Hermeneutics Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 51 Leiden E J Brill 1997 15 The second part of the narrative vv 6 30 is subdivided by her as follows vv 611 12 19 20 23 24 26 27 30 19 28 A J Lambe considering Gen 38 one of the best examples of the Bible s smaller literary wholes presents a different and somewhat chiastic outline consisting of five phases of development Genesis 38 Structure and Literary Design in The World of Genesis Persons Places Perspectives JSOTSup 257 ed P R Davies and D A J Clines Sheffield Sheffield Academic Press 1998 102 120 The proposed five phases of this overarching structure are 1 equilibrium vv 1 6 2 descent vv 7 11 3 disequilibrium v 12a 4 ascent vv 12b 26 and 5 equilibrium vv 27 30 103 Furthermore he maintains that each of the five sections has been chiastically structured 109 119 It should be noticed however that the postulated chiasms are mainly based on conceptual and only



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