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Now, as we have 40 The Sense of Biblical Narrative II seen, unfallenness cannot be posited in any self-consistent way, though the text strives hard to do so. Within the mythic universe, the unreal is valued above the real, and immense effort is expended to preserve the reality of the unreal! In the perspective of'a man to till the earth', the real is valued, through hard struggle, above the unreal. Rather than beckoning us away from a reality from which we cannot, in fact, escape, the unreal functions to instruct us about reality; our ultimate inability to define the unreal as real obliges us and teaches us to value the world we know.

To know oneself fallen and to be fallen are the same thing, in as much as unfallenness was ignorance. Fallenness knows itself as such—it is essential to the definition of fallenness that we can posit the unfallenness from which we are excluded. Now, as we have 40 The Sense of Biblical Narrative II seen, unfallenness cannot be posited in any self-consistent way, though the text strives hard to do so. Within the mythic universe, the unreal is valued above the real, and immense effort is expended to preserve the reality of the unreal!

8-12, and then how Judg. 11-1 Sam. 12 as a whole functions in the creation of the Deuteronomists' theology of government. 1. 11 The establishment of the pattern in Judg. 111 The period of rule by 'judges' in Israel is inaugurated by a programmatic passage, Judg. 11-19, which summarizes the period as a series of repetitions of the following cyclical scheme: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Israel falls into apostasy against Yahweh. A foreign oppressor dominates Israel for a time. 7 Yahweh attends the appeal, and sends a judge to save Israel.

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