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Title: The Design of the ‘Dual Causality’ Principle in the Narrative of Absalom’s Rebellion
Author(s): GROSSMAN, Jonathan
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 88    Issue: 4   Date: 2007   
Pages: 558-566
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.88.4.3189021

Abstract :
The principle of dual causality, according to which the same event is projected twice for two different reasons — Divine and human — is known among scholars and researchers of the Bible. One of the outstanding narratives in which this principle becomes evident to the reader is Absalom’s rebellion: the narrator tells the story in terms of political conflict, but hints of a deeper explanation, which sees the rebellion as a Divine punishment for David. This paper portrays how ambiguous expressions were employed in order to form the principle of dual causality in this narrative.

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