An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 5a: Repetition as a Literary Device)

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 5a: Repetition as a Literary Device)

Repetition is the most frequently-used literary technique in Hebrew writing. As Robert Alter suggests, this is partly due to the fact that the stories compiled into Scripture were originally meant to be read aloud before the original audience.[1] Unlike a written narrative, where you can go back and review some missed points, in an oral exposition