By Ehud Ben Zvi
This research of the booklet of Obadiah emerges relatively essentially from fresh advancements in highbrow background and especially contemporary theoretical mirrored image at the interpretation of texts. students comparable to Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Umberto Eco targeted serious recognition on “the position of the reader” (Eco’s time period) within the construction of the that means of texts. Postmodern sensibility, schooled via Jacques Derrida’s software of deconstruction, has fostered conventions of studying that think the indeterminacy of texts and enjoy textual ambiguities. Interpretive traits deriving severally from New feedback and Russian Formalism be aware of the classy constitution of the textual content instead of extra-textual elements influencing its composition. Professor Ben Zvi brings jointly those advancements to shape a application of interpretation directed to the traditional ebook of Obadiah. the guts of Ben Zvi’s inspiration is to concentration serious cognizance at the unique readers of the publication.
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See NJB, N J P S V . ) It has also been proposed that the original place of the prophetic messenger f o r m u l a was before the word iDlp. See R u d o l p h (1971: 301), Weimar (1985: 42-43). , all of ν 1 after aiiKb) on the grounds that it is a secondary addition, one will be able to place the messenger formula in its expected place, before tne direct divine speech. The Prophetic Messenger Formula 27 messenger formula between the title and the reference to the recollection of the audition certainly represents the most difficult reading, and all other things equal, it is to be considered the most likely.
But again all things equal, an unknown plural speaker is not likely to refer to Y H W H . Because of the combination of these two features it is very unlikely (though not absolutely impossible) that the c o m m u n i t y of (re)readers understood the following recollection of the audition as Y H W H ' s speech. See Clark (1991: 332-33). See, for instance, Marti (1904: 231), Smith (1906: 135), Sellin (1929: 278) Rudolph (1931: 222-23), Weiser (1974: 208). On a more theoretical approach to cohesion, see, for instance, R e n k e m a (1993: 35 and passim); de Beaugrande and Dressier (1981: passim).
Although such a position c a n n o t b e r u l e d o u t , its l i k e l i h o o d is highly q u e s t i o n a b l e . F i r s t l y m a n y o f t h e o c c u r r e n c e s o f 'n ' π κ , a n d e s p e c i a l l y t h o s e outside the b o o k s o f A m o s and E z e k i e l , cannot b e e x p l a i n e d in terms of textual vicinity. 49 50 potential polysémie expression. The context in which the expression appears is the main textually inscribed marker guiding these (re)readers in their decision.
A Historical-Critical Study of the Book of Obadiah by Ehud Ben Zvi