By Susan Niditch
This booklet demanding situations many conventional assumptions concerning the bible, together with the way it got here to be written. It discusses the hallmarks of orality within the Hebrew bible and the way the spoken and written be aware operates jointly in artistic pressure.
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This passage deals directly neither with war (v. 8 contains only hints of the warrior enthroned, returned from battle) nor employs extensive fertility imageiy (see v. 15), but Yahweh is addressed as Bull of Jacob (v. David seeks a dwelling place for the Bull of Jacob (v. 5). This epithet introduces into the passage the full mythology of the bull, the special sort of male power, the fecundity, all of which contribute to the message of security under the eternal rule of David in Zion blessed by Yahweh, but the contribution is of the immanently referential or metonymic variety.
The chain of wisemen can include any number of wizards, magicians. advisors, officials, and other members of the royal entourage (for example. Gen. 41:8; Ex. 7:11; Jer. 50:35; Dan. 1:20; 2:2). These terms may then be used in a variety of stylized expressions. In Jer. 50:35, for example, the prophet intones a virtual incantation over the inhabitants of Babylon, predicting that kingdom's downfall and helping to bring it about: A sword against the Chaldeans says the Lord and against the inhabitants of Babylon.
5). This epithet introduces into the passage the full mythology of the bull, the special sort of male power, the fecundity, all of which contribute to the message of security under the eternal rule of David in Zion blessed by Yahweh, but the contribution is of the immanently referential or metonymic variety. A similar sort of metonymy applies to other biblical epithets. When Yahweh is called ''the God of Abraham. Isaac, and Jacob," the context does not always overtly and directly deal with covenant or genealogy, but this epithet metonymically brings these themes to bear on a context for those who share e t tradition: the epithet is a template of the larger tradition.