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Bibil Identifier bibil:204107
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Yahweh versus Baal
Title (English, ) A Narrative-Critical Reading of the Gideon/Abimelech Narrative
Author Endris, Vince
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 33, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 173-195 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The story of Gideon and his son Abimelech lies at the center of the book of Judges. This article offers a reading of this narrative that lends a clearer understanding of the book as a whole. Gideon and Abimelech are seen as human representatives of Yahweh and Baal. In this way, the narrative is seen as a fight between the two gods for Israel's fidelity. Yahweh defeats Baal, yet the Israelites still reject Yahweh and turn to the defeated god. After this, Yahweh's activity with the Israelites is less frequent and more ambiguous. The text suggests that Israel's problems with fidelity will be solved once a human representative of Yahweh sits on the throne of Israel.
DOI 10.1177/0309089208099255
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Premonarchical Period : Judges : Abimelech
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Pericopes Judges 6-9
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