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The Old Testament is a collection of religious writings which, whatever their individual origins, are in their final form directed to the maintenance of the life of a community which thought of itself as being in a special sense the people of God. A great deal of attention has been paid in recent years to form critical analysis of Old Testament material. This was applied especially to the psalms, the types of which were traced by Hermann Gunkel and further developed; analysis of psalms outside Israel revealed the same patterns of construction. This chapter considers a narrative which appears twice in the Old Testament, in 2 Sam. 24 and 1 Chron. 21. One variety of Old Testament literature is provided by the prophetic books, containing an immense wealth of material of many different kinds. From the point of view of content, no completely sharp division can be made between the prophetic literature and other parts of the Old Testament.