By Ehud Ben Zvi
This research of the e-book of Obadiah emerges relatively sincerely from contemporary advancements in highbrow heritage and especially fresh theoretical mirrored image at the interpretation of texts. students corresponding to Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Umberto Eco targeted severe recognition on “the position of the reader” (Eco’s time period) within the construction of the that means of texts. Postmodern sensibility, schooled by way of Jacques Derrida’s software of deconstruction, has fostered conventions of studying that imagine the indeterminacy of texts and luxuriate in 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 components 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 concept is to concentration severe awareness at the unique readers of the publication.
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An entire prophetic book) was the intentional reason for the small size of the book, rather than being an "unexpected" and unintended result of its so uncharacteristic length. 1 Introduction After the title, the text reads DIIN"? 'π ' π κ IOK rti>. On the surface this seems to be an usual instance of a (prophetic) messenger formula. 2 here. It goes without saying that the position advanced here neither maintains nor supports, in any way, the idea that Ahab's Obadiah actually wrote the Book of Obadiah or any part of it, nor that any section from this book is to be dated to Ahab's days, or to the monarchic period as a whole.
Discussion below. See Skehan and Di Leila (1987: 212-13). See Hoffman (1976-77). Cf. Hoffman (1976-77: 160-61). In the more precise terms of the chart presented in Excursus 1, the audience explicitly referred as "us" consists of the prophetic voice and A(dvp). The audiences named there The Recollection of an Audition 33 2 . 4 . 1 . 3 'n n«D and its role T h e expression X n«n o c c u r s m o r e than one hundred times in the O T / H B . H o w e v e r , the explicit use o f 'π ηκα to legitimize a prophetic s p e e c h that is presented to the audience o f the prophetic book as what the prophet (actually) heard (root rntii) is relatively u n c o m m o n .
Cf. van Dijk (1980a: 77-94). See, for instance, van Dijk (1980a: 49). From a variety of historical settings and showing different genre conventions, from historiographical works such as those of Herodotus, Thucyaides, and Xenophon, to 38 Obadiah 1 written to be read, reread, learned, meditated upon, and edited, or further redacted, within the community, there is a distinct possibility that these introductory units served not only to evoke a more or less typical starting scheme, but also as signposts for repeated readings.
A Historical-Critical Study of the Book of Obadiah by Ehud Ben Zvi