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Hardcover. New. Hardcover. The story of Susanna and the Elders is one of the most interpreted and reproduced tales from the Apocrypha, and for good reason. In its compact narrative, it touches on attempted rape, female sexuality, abuse of power, punishment for the wicked, and voyeurism. The Good, the Bold, the Beautiful argues that the story of Susanna was written in the first century BCE, and Clanton provides a brief description of that century. He performs a narrative-rhetorical reading of Susanna and illustrates that the story uses sexual anxiety and desire to set up a moral dilemma for Susanna. That moral dilemma is resolved in two ways: Susannas refusal to allow herself to be raped, and Daniels intervention. Clanton argues that although the story has many mimetic features, it is the thematic function that is overriding, especially after Daniels appearance. Put another way, the storys emphasis on Susanna, the Elders, and Daniel as and quot;plausible people and quot; is secondary to its stress on what th... Read more
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