The Story and Its Context
WE HAVE LOOKED AT THE BIBLICAL STORY as a separate link in a chain. Let us now look at the chain as a whole, and how its individual links are incorporated in it. A discussion of the whole and its parts, and the place of the parts in the whole, is especially applicable to biblical stories, since they have come down to us as part of a larger entity, and since the demarcation of the individual parts, not having been done by an author or editor, is left up to the reader (see pp. 14–21 above). We shall also examine how the specific meanings we have discovered conform with the whole.
The story of Amnon and Tamar, which we have demarcated between verses 1 and 22 in 2 Samuel 13, is part of the larger story of David’s sin and punishment, which is part of the Book of Samuel, which in turn is part of the Deuteronomistic history,