Inherent and Added
SO FAR WE HAVE DISCUSSED THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS of the story. Now let us see how these components come together to give the story meaning. To do this, we shall examine two stories that have already been discussed from other points of view: the story of Amnon and Tamar (2 Sam 13:1–22), and the story of Naboth the Jezreelite (1 Kings 21).
The last chapter in Shimeon Bar-Efrat’s book, Narrative Art in the Bible, “contains an analysis of an entire narrative according to the various features discussed separately in the preceding chapters” (1989:239). The selected story is that of Amnon and Tamar, and its analysis concludes with the following statement, which also closes the book: