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The PROPHETIC A N N O U N C E M E N T OF A SIGN is a characteristically prophetic form in which the prophet announces that an event will take place in the ftiture that will confirm the prophetic word. , "This shall be the sign to you from YHWH"; (2) a subordinate clause stating the significance of the sign; and (3) a description of the event that will constitute the sign. Examples appear in 1 Kgs 13:3; Isa 37:30-32 (2 Kgs 19:29-31); Isa 38:7-8 (2 Kgs 20:9-10); and Jer 44:29-30. The settings of such announcements vary according to the circumstances in which they were delivered, but they seem to be rooted in the practice of oracular inquiry from prophets (cf.
This is combined with other narrative elements that specify the setting of the prophetic word, and it is followed by a quotation of the word of YHWI I to the prophet. Examples appear in Jer 21:1-10; 32:1-44; 34:8-22; 35:1-19; Ezek 14:1-11; 20:1-44. , 1 Sam 15:10-11; 2 Sam 7:4-16; 1 Kgs 16:1-4; 17:2-4, 8-9; 21:2829). The intention of the REPORT OF A PROPHETIC W O R D reflects its literary setting in that it grows out 01" a concern to preserve and convey the public statements of a prophet and to relate those statements to specific historical circumstances.
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