• Chronicles and Ben Sira: Questions of Genre

    Author(s):
    Christine Mitchell (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Hebrew bible, Chronicles, Ben Sira
    Item Type:
    Essay
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6T43J26H
    Abstract:
    In this article I will intentionally be bringing together Chronicles and Ben Sira. Their relationship will be problematized, and I will be looking for possibilities of using Ben Sira (whose date and context are more easily determined) for furthering our understanding of the genre and context of Chronicles. It will be argued that the Chronicler was a broadly literate author (as was Ben Sira), who used a number of literary techniques in order to achieve his ideological aims. Key for both authors was the use of “inserted genres,” and this concept will be explored in this article. Both authors interacted with past literary texts, re-using them and re-writing them, while they re-invented the literary genres in which they used them. This notion of genre is drawn from the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, which will be elaborated in this article.
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