Sorry for the recent truancy, Jan, and I am so
sorry your classes have been zapped.
For Christmas, I recieved The Word of Promise: New Testament Audio Bible
It's better than just an audio Bible, it is dramatic audio theater, and really, really well done. I am realizing how much differently I perceive the Bible through hearing it, versus reading it. I have become much more aware of the use of repetition in all of the NT, but I will point out the overwhelming use of it in Revelation
. At the end of the first chapter:
20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw[j] are the seven churches.
And then through the 2nd and 3rd chapters, the letters to the seven churches, near (or at) the end of each letter it states:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
I find myself thinking, "Wow, there is something very important here, and I need to pay attention to THAT word/phrase."
Without pouring over all my challenge entries, I will note the one instance that I used repetition very deliberately. In The Stalker's Curse http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article- ... p?id=22821
I repeated the line "I curse this curse, I curse the rain."
at the end of almost half the paragraphs. Initial, I also had that as my last line, but it felt not quite right. Right before I submitted it, I changed it in the entry box to, "I'll break this curse, I'll love the rain."
I truly believe tweaking that last line was the finishing touch. It cashed in on the repetition by giving it a resolution; otherwise, I think most readers would've just skimmed over it as OVER repeated, and the piece would've lost some of it's punch.