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Nevertheless, it is a helpful place to start, and, what is more, this three-fold distinction also reÀects different approaches to ethics on the part of the biblical writers, from Deuteronomic to more Diaspora-centered concerns. 82. Takamitsu Muraoka, “Foreword” to Literary Structure and Rhetorical Strategies in the Hebrew Bible (ed. L. J. ; Assen, The Netherlands: Van Gorcum, 1996), viii–x (viii). 83. Barton, Reading the Old Testament, 16. 84. , 16–17. 85. John Barton, “Dating the ‘Succession Narrative,’ ” in In Search of Pre-exilic Israel: Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar (ed.

J. C. de Moor; OtSt 40; Leiden: Brill, 1998), 1–14 (10). 88. , 11–12. 89. , 12–13. 1 2. Critical Methodology 31 level of coherence is signi¿cant in light of 2 Sam 9–20’s reputation for literary skill and sophistication. Such characteristics may well be indicative of a very speci¿c literary theme for this narrative complex; and one should not be biased against the ability of narrative to convey an author’s carefully nuanced proposition with supporting argumentation. So the question, therefore, becomes how much independence, coherence and closure does 2 Sam 9–20 demonstrate, and how does this relate to its theme and the author’s rhetorical purposes?

95. Shimon Bar-Efrat, Narrative Art in the Bible (trans. D. Shefer-Vanson; JSOTSup 70; Shef¿eld: Almond, 1989), 55. 96. , 97–98. 1 2.

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