Abduction of Dinah: Genesis 28-10-35.15 as a Votive Narrative

Abduction of Dinah: Genesis 28-10-35.15 as a Votive Narrative

By: Daniel Hankore (author)Paperback

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The process of understanding a text from the narrator's point of view is crucial for the tasks of interpreting and translating the Bible. If the translator's understanding of a narrative from the narrator's point of view is erroneous, then the whole process of translating the message into another language may also fall into error. This poses Bible translators a difficult challenge: 'How can we understand the narrator's point of view of the biblical stories which are culturally, geographically, and historically remote from our own?' Understanding a text from the narrator's point of view must precede the translation process. In this work Hankore presents an argument for the intended utterance of Genesis 28:10-35:15 before proposing in brief how to translate it. By following this process, Hankore shows that a correct understanding of the concept of the ancient Israelite vow in the framework of a social institution is fundamental to reading and translating Genesis 28:10-35:15, and goes on to show how this same votive framework assists an explanation of the relevance of Genesis 34 to the Jacob story.

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Daniel Hankore completed his PhD studies in Kenya in 2010 and is a translation consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators and is also coordinator for translation consultants for Ethiopia. He is a preacher and teacher.


Acknowledgments 1 Introduction 2 Boundaries of the Jacob Story and its Literary Structure 3 The concept of ??? 'vow' in the Hebrew Scriptures 4 Vow Making of Jacob as a Metarepresentation 5 Vow Granting and Vow Fulfilling 6 Dinah Story as an Adverse Consequence of the Unfulfilled Vow 7 Conclusion with Remarks on Implications for Translation Appendix 1: Hebrew, Israel and Jew Appendix 2: Translation of Genesis 28:10-22 Appendix 3: Institution of Tithing Appendix 4: Interviews about the Vow and 'Rape' of Dinah Appendix 5: Conditionals and Metarepresentation Appendix 6: Some Real-Life Stories of Abductive Marriage among the Hadiyya People Appendix 7: Excursus on Translating Gen 28:10-35:15 Bibliography

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  • publication date: 30/05/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780227173961
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 270
  • ID: 9780227173961
  • weight: 410
  • ISBN10: 0227173961

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