Choreographing Embedded Dialogue in Biblical Narratives
The biblical narrative is filled with embedded conversations. Positioning theory and conversation analysis are aids in interpreting embedded dialogues within biblical narrative. They contribute to an understanding of how shifts in position by dialogue partners also contribute to a shift in identity. In this way the story-teller enlivens the characters function within the narrative by having them attempt to create new or expanded identities for themselves. Three examples are provided that demonstrate this narrative strategy: the story of Amnon and Tamar (2 Sam 13:1"“19), the diatribe by Shimei against David (2 Sam 16:5"“10), and the conversation between Jethro and Moses (Exod 18:13"“27).
Matthews, Victor H. Choreographing Embedded Dialogue in Biblical Narratives." Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture 44, no. 4 (2014): 179-184."