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It has recently been argued that the Book of the Twelve reflects a variety of views concerning the restoration of the Davidic monarchy, including optimism in the early Persian period and later criticism. The interpretation of Zechariah 11 and the texts concerning Zerubbabel is critical in this....
This article examines a structural phenomenon in Isaiah 1—39 in which different sections of a prophecy are deliberately placed out of order either logically or chronologically. After an initial example from chs. 24—27, chs. 11, 30 and 2 are discussed. In each of these three cases, it is...
This article joins in a discussion between Karl G. Wilson and John J. Bimson regarding the interpretation of Job 38.2. Wilson argued that the question “Who is this…?” refers to Elihu rather than Job, indicating that Elihu’s speeches are original rather than additions to the book. Bimson...
This article reconsiders the extent recitation and memorization played in the process of the literary composition and transmission of biblical texts, and attempts to distinguish between aurally recognizable intertextual echoes, as opposed to literary patterning based upon visual recognition. The...
In Gen. 20.11-13, םיהלא is ambiguously used with a plural verb in the Masoretic version of Gen. 20.13.םיהלא could refer to the true God or pagan ‘gods’. In this article, this unconventional grammatical feature is explored from multiple angles (e.g. morphology, grammar/syntax,...
The book of Obadiah has long been recognized for its message of lex talionis . This is not, however, simply a theme of this short book. Rather, the present article argues that the idea that Edom’s deeds will return upon its head is embedded in the language of the book itself. This ‘poetic...
The leader of a great nation ponders the invasion of a country in the Middle East. The majority report of his intelligence agency indicates that an invasion would be a bad idea, but the leader invades anyway, citing a minority report. As predicted, the invasion runs into trouble. Later, the...
This article presents a section by section rhetorico-structural analysis of the opening chapters of Numbers, which deal with the counting and grouping of the people of Israel. The analysis reveals the employment throughout of literary patterns of both linear and inverted forms. The findings of...
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