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Bibil Identifier bibil:151424
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Rhetorical Reading Redundant: A Response to Ehud Ben Zvi
Author Guillaume, Philippe
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 9, Issue: 6)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 8 pages.
Abstract Ehud Ben Zvi's claim, in the preceding article, that the final verse of Jonah must be read both as a question and an affirmation is welcomed. Yet, it is argued here that reading a rhetorical question contributes little to the metaprophetic character of Jonah. In fact, a final rhetorical question destroys the open-endedness of the book while YHWH's unambiguous affirmation that he will show no pity for Nineveh faces readers with a deeper meaning of prophecy. Like the Elohim in chapter 3, Jonah in chapter 4 is invited to come out of the circle of anger. Destructions and reversals of fortune occur, but humans are not privy to the divine council.
Note: Readers of this article are encouraged to read first article 3 in this volume.
Pericopes Jonah 4,11
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