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Bibil Identifier bibil:137665
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Elisha Stories as Saint's Legends
Author Shemesh, Yael
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 8, Issue: 5)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 40 pages.
Abstract The present article seeks to define the literary genre of the Elisha cycle of stories. Various possibilities raised in current research are examined and rejected. They are not polemic stories directed against Baal Worship, narratives designed to glorify the institution of prophecy, social religious satire against the royal house, polemics against the House of Omri, or didactic salvation stories. Neither do they contain criticism towards Elisha. Rather, the Elisha cycle in toto constitutes the oldest example in Jewish literature of hagiographic stories. All the stories (including the longer ones, in some of which modern scholarship tends to find a vein of criticism directed against Elisha) express adoration for the holy man of God–Elisha, the miracle worker.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Elisha
Pericopes 2 Kings 4,8-4,37
2 Kings 5
2 Kings 8,1-8,6
2 Kings 13,20-13,21
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