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By Burke O. Long

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A vintage definition of etiological narrative in Greek mythology as formulated by way of M. P. Nilsson runs:
"... a story which seeks to provide an explanation for why whatever has become, or why it has develop into such and such."
This basic formula is ordinary and frequent, even if the literary results are considered with a first-rate curiosity in anthropology, comparative faith and mythology, or comparative literature. The definition used to be early utilized to Israelitic literature via previous testomony students, and has endured to be in most cases permitted. the sort of formula, notwithstanding, encourages the type of unfavorable review of the old worthy of etiological culture which A. Alt, for instance, gave. nevertheless, it speaks of a story's functionality with no describing these features which really demonstrate its total etiological function. One easily reconstructs a query — the hypothetical Kinderfrage — which a given fable, legend, or saga seeks to

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But see, to the contrary, Gen 30 35 and 33 ie). (b) The variant of this saga (Gen 21 22-33) agrees in setting the events narrated in Beersheba (cf. 32) 100 . Therefore, the original tradition is most likely to have been associated with only one place name. Consequently, a second name flSSW, however it is vocalized, would seem to result from a secondary development. (c) The likelihood of the presence of variant tradition is suggested by the difficulty which the versions reflect in translating Π5731Ρ in v.

17 a. i 8 a ) agents are speaking with Lot. Contrast v. 19, which consistently uses singular address, with v. 2 where Lot speaks in precisely parallel expression and uses plural forms consistent with the number of addressees. (Cf. v. 7. ) Moreover, the etymological motif here is distinctly subordinate to the main thematic lines of 191-2852. As separate tradition, then, v. 17-23 comprise a narrative scene with clear Form I I characteristics. An inference to a name comes in v. 22b. I t is likely formulated with an indefinite subject, although certainty on this point is not forthcoming.

The explanation of the name is given solely in the typical assonantal word play within the formulaic structure. If there ever existed a narrative setting for this note, it is no longer visible, for the verse ill fits the place given it in the present literary block87. In any case, this example represents the very simplest way of reporting an etymological etiological tradition. The narrative function of the formula is prominent here. The definite subject of Νίρη and the absence of narrative material rule out understanding the Form I to be drawing an inference.

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