ISBN-10: 0310514940

ISBN-13: 9780310514947

There's no doubt that during fresh years the character of the Genesis narrative has sparked a lot debate between Christians. This Counterpoints quantity introduces 3 fundamental interpretive genres and their implications for biblical figuring out. each one contributor identifies their place at the style of Genesis 1-11, addressing why it's acceptable to the textual content, and contributes examples of its software to quite a few passages.

The individuals and perspectives comprise:

• James okay. Hoffmeier: Theological History
• Gordon J. Wenham: Proto-History
• Kenton L. Sparks: historic Historiography

General editor and outdated testomony student Charles Halton explains the significance of style and offers ancient perception within the creation and useful summaries of every place within the end. within the reader-friendly Counterpoints layout, this publication is helping readers to mirror at the strengths and weaknesses of every view and draw proficient conclusions during this much-debated subject.

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Nevertheless, every dement of this speech Is employed for the legitimacy of Assyria's boasts. V. 15 uses the "handler-handled" disputation form as a basis of common agreement. The opponent is left to draw the proper conclusion for himself concerning the legitimacy of Assyria's boasts. Read hä'ätUm tisalüm. Note the prophetic formulae kö'amär yhwh and 'amär yhwy fba'ot. 38 Disputation Speeches purposes of disputation. The messenger-speech style gives the prophet's words the authority of Yahweh, and the style of the cultic hymn provides part of the content of the argument in its appeal to widelyaccepted Israelite tradition.

Cf. 15. Cf. e. 21. Cf. , 4 6 , 9 . Cf. W. Zimmerli, Ich bin Jahwe, in: Gottes Offenbarung, 1963, 31. " It is sometimes introduced by kt ( 4 1 , 1 3 ; 43, 3), or it may be asyndeton (43, 15). ^® But in trial and disputation speeches the self-predication distinguishes Yahweh from other gods in polemic fashion. ^® The polemic use of self-praise hymn style is not unique to Deutero-Isaiah. ^® Another is an Akkadian hymn of Ishtar's self-praise, preserved fragmentarily: Ich lasse regnen auf die Feindin(nen) einen Kampf wie einen Feuerstrahl, Ich durchschreite immer wieder den Himmel.

But even v. 3—11 have elements from other genres. , there appearing in third person with Yahweh's words quoted: Yahweh Elohim said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. And now, l e s t he stretdi out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever . Deutero-Isaiah puts this kind of narrative in Yahweh's mouth for the purposes of disputation, a function not original to that narrative type. In spite of Deutero-Isaiah's fusion of several genres in this speech, 48,1—11 stands out from its context as a unit of reflection on the particular issue under dispute.

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